Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Picking up speed

In the last few weeks, I've started making some serious progress on Ruby Ransome and Pandora's Box.  I am now only about 60 pages from the end, after marking up 18 whole pages yesterday -- an amount that seemed superhuman only a couple of weeks ago, the first time I did that much.  Currently I am on page 234, and the stack of pages remaining is getting smaller all the time.

Once I get through marking the revisions, of course, I'll have to make them -- and the goal is to get a good chunk of that done before Camp NaNoWriMo starts in July.  I also have some new scenes to write and some old scenes to rewrite, so I don't think making the changes to the electronic file is going to be easy just because I've been through the manuscript once already.  My goal is to finish this round of revisions entirely by the end of July, and I think that is going to be a real challenge.

The further I get through the novel, though, the more I am enjoying the work of revising.  It is giving me the opportunity not just to relive the story, but also to tweak it here and there.  As I've said in a previous post, the more I fix in revisions, the more I can feel the story taking shape, as though it's evolving from an intangible idea in my head into corporeal form.

So excited for Camp NaNoWriMo to start July 1st!

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