Thursdays: On Writing
self doubt in revision.So I write.
I won't call myself a writer or an author. I"m not sure if I'm looking to make writing my career but I do think it was very awesome to get published.
I'm revising. I'm on the 12 draft. My process goes a little somehing like this. I write. I sent it to my betas, Alicia, Danielle, and Cid. I change EVERYTHING they say I should change, or add more detail to or whatever. Then I send them the next draft and I do it again.
A few days ago I TOTALLY rewrote my first chapter. I sent it to Cid. I won't do much more until I get her feedback.
I don't really trust myself at all. Look I can fix your story no problem, I just can't fix my own.
Revising is awful, because now I have to look at EVERY WORD in my novel and justify it's existence.
I'm not trying to be a bummer about it.
I AM trying to find something SUPER awesome about it.
My new favorite thing about revising is CUTTING USELESS WORDS.
Oh how I love it. No self doubt there.
So I compiled a list of WEAK words from various places. I did a find all, and wrote the number down. Next I did a find NEXT and looked at EVERY time I used that word. I decided if the word should stay or go. Lots of times I cut WHOLE sentences because I didn't say a damn thing in it.
There were 1299 empty words at the start of this. I got it down to 600. In a 74K novel--- not too shabby. And it's a way to feel INSTANTLY productive.
That 400 down to 200
Just- 49-- 18
Pretty 12 -6
Then 53- 28
Was…ing--- 205 ---58
Went 69 -- 25
Get 304- 172
Got 209- 139
make 88-- 50
go 137- 63
Saw 31 - 9
Looked 98- 27
As you can see, I haven't done it for every word, nor will I. But the novel is MUCH stronger for it.
Go, do it. You'll thank me later.