Observant readers may notice my avatar is different. It’s still me, err, Mrs. Lovett, but I’m looking a little haggard after NaNo. Plus, there’s that whole deal with blood stains on my collar.
Red Smith once said, “Writing is easy. You just sit down at the typewriter, open up a vein, and bleed it out drop by drop.” Who am I to argue?
I finished my draft Friday at 8:00 a.m. Oh, what a Beautiful Morning, Ode to Joy, Supercalifragilistecexpialidocious!
Aha! But wait. That means it’s revision time. And that means it’s the return of …. (cue creepy horror theme music. The Omen will do, thank you)….. The Evil Inner Editor.
Over the weekend, I dug out my key from its hiding spot and unlocked the closet door in which I’d thrown Ms. Evil Inner Editor. Ms. E did not glare at me or even smirk. She is above such things. Ms. E knows she is needed as much as she is despised. She walked by me, took a seat at the table, stared at the 250 typed pages and three different colored pens, and set to work.
“Bring me tea and play music. Nothing with lyrics. Rachmaninoff,” she said.
Ms. E is following author Holly Lisle’s One-Pass Revision Method that another blogger was kind enough to mention on her blog. The method is brutal. Ms. E must go through every single scene, one at at time, searching for different elements. Some of these elements must be deleted out with a huge X. Other elements must be added in. Hence, all the pens. Ms. Lisle says, “Your final clean pages to scribbled on pages ratio is probably 1:2, 1:3, or even 1:4.”
Har! Ms. Lisle obviously never attempted this against a NaNo first draft. Ms. E is on page 60 now, and there is not one single page not splashed with ink.
It may come as no surprise that Ms. E is absolutely loving this.