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GRAPEMO Day #26: Challenges

3 more days left of GRAPEMO. Please send in your weekly updates as usual for posting Monday. Then, on Tuesday, if you can, I'd like an individual total of what you did ALL MONTH LONG. :) Next week there will also be a random drawing of TEASERS, for a prize yet to be determined.

Um, any ideas? I am open to suggestions. :) Yeah, I planned this well, didn't I?

I do have a few...

I am off this weekend PLUS the next 3 days which means I have a 5-day stretch to work on these revisions. As you know, the thing about knocking out POVs is working the important details into the rest of the story. I didn't want a main character who always happened to be in the right place at the right time, nor did I want her to have to hear about everything that happens in those scenes second-hand.

But I'm looking at this as a challenge--a much bigger challenge than knocking Julius's character out of Before/After. Julius was Momma's boyfriend before that slimebucket Wayne, and he was kind of a jerk, too, but had his lovable moments. I know I loved Julius. But for several reason (the word count, for one, plus the additional character kind of dragged out the start of the book)  I wrote out Julius and morphed some of his characteristics into Wayne. At the time I thought it'd be the hardest, most painful thing I could do. As ophelialaughs and another_wip . I whined for weeks.

This is worse. I have an affection for these two characters whose POVs I'm systematically aborting. And the death scenes were delicious! As far as writing goes, this has been my ultimate challenge. Not only do I have to completely change certain parts of the story, I have to make it the entire story better. So of course, every time I make a change, I'm agonizing, as all of us do: 

Is it better?


Have I completely effed it up?

If I didn't have utter, unshakable faith in my editor (and also in my agent, who suggested it first, but did I listen? no-o-o-o) I don't think I'd be in this fabulous frame of mind right now.

Word for the day:

Forget "safe" writing. Do something different this weekend. Hit that part in your WIP that's had you ripping out shreds of your scalp for the past X number of weeks.

Finished that last chapter you hate so much.

Kill off the character you know your story doesn't need.

Write the scene you know will break your heart.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 26th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Well, I completely failed. Boo. But it was due to somewhat happy circumstances in that my time was spent on a freelance job and revising a different novel for my editor. I'm extending my goal for grapemo to April 1. Thanks for letting me join you guys!


Feb. 27th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yep, me too, except that I will cut myself a break because I was recovering from surgery, and my brain wasn't convinced it had to come along.
I will say that I *thought* about my WIP a lot. I have an idea of where to start, if I can refrain from just throwing out what I already did and doing a total rewrite (somehow that doesn't seem like "revision").
Best of luck to all! I have been awed and humbled by everyone's hard work!
Feb. 28th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Fail
I've done that--thrown it all out and started over. Yeah, I call that revision, lol--for lack of a nicer term.

Hope you're feeling much better now! xx
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
Re: Fail
Thank you! Still working on the getting better. Also a short story. :-)
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