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Revision, Two Ways

If I could have gone through a house renovation years ago, maybe the concrete example, right before my eyes, would have awakened my brain as to what needs to happen in revision. That patching and prettying aren’t enough. Real revision requires tearing down and breaking apart and reconfiguring what was already there. Even if most of the bones are sound, some of them probably still need to be reset.

I am happy, right now, to be in the touch-up phase of The Deep Downstairs, but as I revised the first few times, it felt more like this ...

Lady, there's a bathroom in your bedroom.

Goodbye, pink bathroom. Yellow bathroom, you're next.

And underneath all that rubble ... a subfloor. And underneath that subfloor ... look out below!

I have more (next installment ... looking up) ... but the writing calls.


Apr. 26th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my current manuscript is going to require me to put the bathroom in the bedroom for a while, and tear the thing apart.

I'm scared!!! I just keep repeating, it will be fine, it will be fine, it will be fine.

It does help to know others have gone before me and survived. So thanks Jody! :)
Apr. 26th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is, we (at least I) have to survive all over again with each book. And that's part of the reason I posted this ... so I can remember what I will need to do next time.

Good luck tearing down those walls. Can't wait to see what they look like when you rebuild them!

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