Made it through to THE END of the romance rewrite this afternoon. Why am I calling it a first-and-a-half pass? Because so much of it turned out to be new material! I retyped the whole thing, even the scenes that came across reasonably intact, because I was hunting down passive voice and shallow point-of-view along with the deeper issues of wobbly plot.
Next week I’ll read through the whole thing and figure out if it works now. Doubtless I’ll find a few things to change, to say nothing of the fact that I’m 3,000 words over the maximum allowed for my target publisher. 3K will be quite easy to cut, though. In fact, I may already have chopped a third of that as I tightened and retightened the opening pages for the Genesis contest. I’m not sure until I transfer the pages back into Scrivener, where I’ve been doing all the writing since then. (I had to do the pages in Word to make sure I had the formatting correct all the way through.)
And then it’s off to a few trusted critique buddies while I turn my attention to writing the workshop for May. I’m happy! 🙂
Alexander Field says
Hey, congrats on finishing the draft! That’s always a good feeling (and worth a small celebration, right?). It’s funny what you write here…because one of my own pet peeves is passive voice…and sometimes, I gotta hunt for it. And it also seems like no matter how many passes I do, I can always find something I want to tinker with. Onward!
YAY! Congrats on getting it done!