Wednesday, 5 November 2008

WRITING: The Rewrite Reggae (Day 25 to 28)

DAY 25 (02/11/08):

8 pages on Day 25 . 8 pages of excruciating, agonising rewriting. Is it normal to HATE the ms at a certain point of the re-write? I disliked J’s section when I wrote the first draft – she’s just not a character I can relate to – and I now passionately hate her and anything to do with her because I find her boring and, I fear, a cardboard character. The quicker I get through this hump of rewriting the better.

DAY 26 (03/11/08):

4 miserable pages on Day 26 . Josephine (left) who, as always assists me at the computer, expresses my sentiments exactly. Am I ever going to reach the end of this section?

DAY 27 (04/11/08):

Today’s a CHOCOLATE day. After struggling through 5 ¼ pages I reached the end of J’s section. Double up the chocolate! Also managed to collate the J & L sections, and did some grammar work. Now I can start on Z’s section and as she’s my favourite character I’m hoping to get through it fairly quickly so I can start on phase 2 (some serious grammar and construction work).

DAY28 (05/11/08):

Did a little bit of tweaking: word substitutions for those pernickety favourite words that creep in a dozen times a page.

Mostly, I watched the US elections. The best thing I’ve watched in years! Except possibly for the formation of the new political party in South Africa formed this past weekend.

VOTE SHIKOTA’09 – TOGETHER WE CAN!!!!

Viva Democracy Viva!

2 comments:

Cold As Heaven said...

Your revision process appears similar to when I revise my research papers, after peer review and associate editor's review. Fortunately my manuscripts are only 10-12 pages. Great picture, by the way >:)

Cold As Heaven

Judy Croome said...

HEAVEN: I think revision is one of those parts of writing that can be learned, so it's not surprising we have similar revision styles. I bet our "voices" are completely different though (I'd be worried if they were the same)

Poor darling Josephina - subsequent to this photo, she's passed over into the Giant Litter Box in the sky. I still miss her dreadfully (my baby!) but luckily Theodorable (her sister)has taken over her job of helping me work at the computer.