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Opening up

Last night I spent some time looking over, reviewing and not changing the first scene of Jacoby Figurine. It undoubtedly needs changes, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it yet. I went into the review with the plan not to change anything so that I could revisit it with a fresh point of view.

And that is hard.

Not the fresh point of view, but the not changing things.

I get caught up so easily in nitpicking one little thing that I end up missing some of the broader strokes. For instance, if the decision is to rewrite the whole scene, why should I care if I have a typo in paragraph five or an awkward sentence in paragraph twenty-two.

Revising and editing are things that I don’t particularly do well for myself (though I have plenty of practice working on other texts), so this was a willful exercise and I think it was good to practice it. Nothing got written, but work was still done nonetheless.

2300 words in the first scene – so 1150 towards my goal for the month.

So what to do about that scene? Right now, it is told in the point of view of a character who is a) a bad guy and b) about to die. So why invest so much into what amounts to be a minor character? If I don’t want to have it from the good guys’ point of view, there are other options – including the major bad guy of the story who is also in that first scene (though currently plays a much less major role there).

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This entry was posted on January 18, 2015 by in Editing and tagged , , .
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