I should make an effort to clean my apartment today, but I think that instead, I am going to get cracking on those revisions. Plug in the hard drive, open MS Word, open the file ThirdPassRevisions.doc (not Goodlorddontdothatagain.doc, the file I created when I realized that I had two similarly-named files and was making separate revisions in each, crap!). Look at doc. Re-read first chapter. Jump to tenth chapter. Get overwhelmed by sheer size of doc. Slam head into back of couch and groan.
|This is me vs. the revisions. Get it??|
When revisions are comprised mostly of line edits and sentence smoothing, it's fine to go chapter by chapter. However, right now I'm making major changes to one of my subplots in order to tighten up the whole story. I've written notes on the changes and written them into an outline, but when it comes time to write them into the actual document, that is when scrubbing the kitchen floor starts to seem really important.
What is the best method here? Do you start rewriting the entire thing from scratch? I feel like that would be counterproductive for me. Do you go chapter by chapter? I didn't even include chapter breaks in my first draft, what a doofus. (I've got them now.) I'm going with the piecemeal approach, and hopefully when I'm done, I'll still be able to look at the whole thing with enough distance to smooth out the rough edges.
How do you approach revisions?
(Note: if you have something nice to say about Scrivener, say it now. I downloaded the trial version, but the whole thing just looked kind of exhausting. I wrote my entire first draft in one chapter-free file in Google Docs, is that nuts?)
(Second note: By one chapter-free file, I actually mean two chapter-free files, because Google Docs has a character limit. Lame!)
(Third note: I have a resolution to incorporate more structure into my posting schedule, but said structure is yet to be determined. Thanks to everyone who is following my blog, I really appreciate it!!)