Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Chapter 3 Rewrite

As I was re-re-re-editing Blink this morning, I realized that Chapter 3 is lame.

Okay, maybe not all of chapter 3, but the most important part of the chapter - the reason for having the chapter at all - is definitely lame. So...

I printed the damn thing out, and I'll be sitting with my red pen later, trying to figure out where I went wrong and how to fix it. On the bright side, I'm glad I caught this before I tried to submit the book. If I were an agent, that sticking point would have shot the whole novel to hell for me.

Ahhh, the objectivity of distancing oneself from a manuscript. Ain't it grand?

2 comments:

Edie said...

Good going on fixing your chapter, Beth. I'm revising my ms., and I've had a few scenes like that. I almost always find out it's my beginning of the scene. Usually it's plain boring and I need to make it more compelling. I had one like that the other day. I tried 4 or 5 different starts before I got the rignt one.

I'm lucky to have 2 terrific CPs, but they can't catch everything. I want to send them the best I've got.

Erica Ridley said...

Distance is what has allowed me to completely rewrite some MSs and to toss others into the Magical Mulch Pile under the bed. And what lets me know when some aren't all that bad after all.

E <-- off to rewrite one that really is that bad...