I’m not all that good at writing short blog posts, but I’m going to give it a try, because I am deep, deep, deep in revisions. What, you thought I was done? Not quite. I finished my second draft and wrote ‘The End’ for the first time, which was huge, but although I now have a bookish looking thing, I still have quite a bit of smoothing to do.
Have you ever heard of Chekhov’s gun? Basically: If you place a gun on the wall in the first chapter, it must go off before the end. I like to think of a book as being made up of hundreds of threads. My job at this stage is to make sure each thread is present throughout the whole novel, and are all woven in nicely.
So while this draft isn’t as comprehensive as the last, it’s all about DETAILS, which is quite brain-consuming. There is never a moment in which I’m not thinking about my novel. If I’m talking to you and suddenly start staring off into space, it’s probably because I suddenly realized I lost a character somewhere around chapter four. Or, I forgot to mention an important item of back story which helps the protagonist live through the climax. Or maybe I need more moths (there are a lot of moths in this story). Also, this novel is kind of creepy, so you can imagine the kind of dreams I’ve been having.
One good thing about being at this stage is I’m really seeing the novel take shape. It’s kind of gorgeous, really. I set out to achieve something I didn’t even know if I was capable pulling off, but step by step I plodded along, and now I’m really seeing all my hard work pay off. I love this novel. Love, love, LOVE. It’s the best thing I have ever written and I’m terribly hopeful for its future.
So, forgive me, friends, colleagues, randoms on the internet. I am deep in revision territory and it may be a couple of weeks before I surface. But when I do, I may have a shiny new manuscript for you to enjoy!