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First Revision Progess...

I slept till 11:30 this morning.

Eleven-freaking-thirty! This time change is kicking my butt as usual. This is after working day shift this weekend and NOT sleeping for two nights in a row. Seriously, it has to be psychological. But whatever it is, twice a year my circadian rhythm gets blown to shreds.

I'm on page 74 (of first revisions) of killernazidoll, which from now on I'll simply refer to as BERTA. "Killernazidoll" makes her sound as if she's the killer when in fact her original owner was the murderous maniac. Though Berta has her personality flaws (ornery, manipulative,downright nasty at times) she hasn't actually "killed" anyone; therefore, she has informed she is annoyed by the misnomer.

I do not want to annoy Berta in the middle of revisions.

26 pages to go to meet my end-of-the-month goal.

Surprisingly, though this was a NaNoWriMo project, it's not in as terrible shape as I feared. What I've found mostly is this:

1. A lot of repetition, hopefully resolved.

2. Lack of physical description of the characters.

3. Inconsistencies in the speech patterns of one character whose first language isn't English (this one is killing me.)

4. A lot of scenes involving the MC and her mother. Maybe too many? True, Mom gets virtually written out by the middle of the story, but plays a big role in the beginning. I wonder how much is "too" much...

5. Remember those scenes I started and then ended in the middle because I couldn't figure out how to end them and I wanted to hit my 50K? Yep, there's a lot of 'em.

6. Time line screw-ups, also mostly resolved (so far).

7. A character whose profession changes from chapter to chapter--NOT yet resolved.

8. A character who was alive in the first draft, and then I decided to kill her off prior to the start of the story, now keeps turning up ALIVE in later chapters. Disturbing.

Other than these little speed bumps, I'm enjoying the revision process and am absolutely in love with my two main characters. 13 days left to wrap this up!


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 22nd, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
You GO girl!
And NEVER annoy Berta. Doll or not, that is one spooky little thing...remember the door. Do not mess with Berta, lol.

And for a NaNoWriMo beginning...not too bad at all.
Mar. 22nd, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm finally learning something after all these years...
Mar. 22nd, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
The time change is kicking my butt too, as usual. Sigh. But it sounds like you're making great progress on your writing/revising goals this month! I'm not getting nearly as much writing done this month as I'd hoped, but there's still time. Good luck going out with a bang this month! :)
Mar. 22nd, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
Good luck to you too!
Mar. 23rd, 2013 09:32 am (UTC)
It's always great when revisions feel more fun than frustrating. Good luck finally finishing this revision this month! :)
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