One of the thing about revisions is how you end up re-imagining your story. For example, my heroine. She no longer has the same story goal, no longer has the same occupation. At the end of Act I in a story, the main character's story goal changes direction. And her reasoning is totally different now. It's better, her motivations are stronger. However I can see myself revising a lot of Act I again. It's the most difficult part of the book for me. A lot of people hate the sagging middle and all that, but I plot in detail so I don't have any problems with the middle or the end.
In fact, since the first of June I have been writing one new page a day or 300 words. I try for 300 words and stop. Most of those new words have been at the end of the book, Act III. Not all but most. I completely changed Act III. Totally. Why? I did not want to have a cliffhanger ending. After reading so many series over the last two years, I decided I could not, would not do that to my readers or myself. I want this book to be able to stand alone. That became so important to me over the last few months that I became blocked a few times, because I just did not know how to revise to do that. What helped me was reading.
Speaking of reading, I've read 81 books so far this year. I never thought I could do that. But I did it the same way I did writing. A bit at a time. Although on some days, I read all afternoon. Reading helped me find my new ending. But I will say this. I definitely will not be reading like I have this year, next year. I am sure to make 100 books this year, probably more, but I don't want to do that amount of reading next year. I want to read more selectively. Of course, a lot of my reading was old books, book I reread, at least 30 or more were that, and a lot of them were books on writing--books I wanted to read in order to improve my knowledge of the craft. At least 20 were writing books.
The funny thing here is I can't keep buying all these books. I have no place for them! Laughing. Not now. They are stacked everywhere. You go buy 50+ hardcovers and see where you can put them! Especially if every wall and bookcase is already full. But I do believe I'll buy another 50 books next year. Gawd! I just need to see if I can get new bookcases. I hate seeing books double stacked and lying all over the place. It feels like hoarding, like clutter. It feels so wrong. Oh, well, I could have worse problems to deal with and yes, there are always worse problems and I do face them.
I write despite a lot of things. I give up TV and Movies and a bunch of other stuff so I can sit here and write. I walk and exercise so I can sit and write. Because sitting will kill you. Don't sit. Stand as much as you can. I still have eye strain and I can see having to give up a lot of Internet just because I want to write a good book. The Internet is also a soul sucker, a damn bloodthirsty vampire of all things creative. It is one of those blessings that turns out to be a curse. I want to give up the Internet, but I don't know how. Laughing hysterically. Because how do you give up the Internet if you have a computer?????????
I think I am making some headway with Facebook. I have cut that in half. Now I am working on Twitter. Twitter, according to my eye doctor, is the worst offender for eye strain, because you will constantly scroll. I can feel the Twitter effect in my eyes now. I love Twitter. But I have got to cut my time there in half. Maybe one day, I can just stay off the Internet for a month and not miss it. I wish I could do that. I try. I fail. Isn't this sick? I told you the Internet was a bloodthirsty vampire and I meant it. And I am sucked into its mesmerizing powers.
But I am strong. I have walked over a mile or more every day for 90 days now. I have written 300 new words a day for 60 days now while doing revisions, and the next target is the Internet.
The best book, of all the books I have ever read on revising is this one. I highly recommend it.
So now I am going back to work. There's artwork, housework, cooking, grandchildren, etc. I hope to blog each day in August and skip other social media. That is my goal. I am going to try hard to do that. I want to finish my book. I want to be happy and productive. I'm ready.