Sunday, October 19, 2008

Revision on a Roll

I woke up early this morning, as you do when you have a toddler, and then went straightaway to Target and bought myself a new desk chair. Nothing fancy, but it's super comfortable when compared to my old wooden chair.

Then I came home, locked myself in the office, and tried out the Shrunken Manuscript revision method. Only, I didn't read the directions first and I ran out of computer paper. It didn't seem to work out well for me, but that's hardly the method's fault--likely it's my interpretation of the method. At any rate, I decided to recycle the paper and print off the last four chapters, where ROHANA seemed to fray the most. Then I read, and thought, and read some more.

Then it came to me. Aha! A means to an end, literally. The only downside (if you can call it that) was that I had to re-write the ending, the last three or four chapters, from scratch.

So we went to the grocery store, had lunch, and put the kiddo down for a nap...and, since hubby was home, I left the house. I went to Starbuck's, since my critique group recently gave me a giftcard (a "congrats for getting an agent" gift--how cool is that? I also got a mug that says "My Critique Group Understands Me"). There, whilst occasionally cupping a hand over my ear as my coffee-house neighbors chatted too loudly, I wrote. And wrote.

I wrote 3,265 words.

I don't think I've done that in a long time, if ever.

Now, there's more to be written, but my bum was tired at that point and I had to get home.


Jacqui said...

3,265?! Holy cow!

I'm glad they let you out of the house!

Laini Taylor said...

Yay, Amber! That's awesome! I'm so out of touch -- you got an agent?!?! Yay!!! So well-deserved. Curious about the changes to Rohana. That's a FAB word count, lady. Hope it continues well!

Amber Lough said...

Yes, I got an agent. :-) Best news I've gotten in, well, a long while.

Worked some more last night and finished the ending. Now all I've got to do is read through the whole thing, make sure it makes sense, and fix the little things. Then I'm done. (Sorta.)

cindy said...

yay amber! yay for revisions at starbucks. that's awesome! i know you've hit it out of the park! =DDD can't wait to buy ROHANA in the stores!

Jill Corcoran said...

3,265 words....i spend everyday trying to cut out words to get my count down as low as possible. Yesterday my great news to Ronnie was that I cut out over a hundred words and the story still made sense.
I can't imagine the freedom of a novel.