The manuscript review for Wolf Season continues. I’ve done about 63% so far. I would like to be done by the end of next weekend.
I have to say, it’s really painful and difficult. I know that this will help me a lot with finding a lot of the flaws in the book and figuring out how to work in the new elements that have been floating around in my head, but it is really, really difficult to do.
Basically, what I’m doing is taking a lot of notes on index cards, and then marking the manuscript and the index cards with what I think needs to be changed. My comments are more or less color coded, with purple for plot stuff, pink for character stuff, and turquoise for other stuff. This is a modified version of the method described by Susan Dennard. Holly Lisle also describes something similar as part of her one pass manuscript revision, though I know I can’t do this in one pass.
Once I finish the review (or slog, since it really is one), my plan is to
- Tape all the index cards to the wall (because tape is cheaper than a giant corkboard) along with the calendars I used to plan out the initial draft (useful if you have to work around full moon dates).
- Use post it notes and more taped up index cards to figure out how to work in the new plot/character/etc. elements.
- And finally, put everything into the computer.
Then I think I’ll take a break before tackling the next round of revision.