I’ve been a horrible blogger, I know. It’s just that I’m still in the revising cave – it seems I’ve got a permanent residence here now. But since moving into my new revision digs, I’ve had many revising revelations. It seems with each project, and even each round of revisions, I seem to discover something new.
So my topic this week is REVISING BACKWARDS! I know – it sounds crazy. And honestly? It very well could be.
But here’s the thing. I’ve always had a pretty good time with revising the Big Stuff
And that’s when I realized I was getting lost in the woods of my drafts. Because I knew the story so well and because I was so focused on the “read-through” and trying to see everything at once, I was missing some of the little stuff, which let’s face it, if that stuff doesn’t work in the end, it can very much become the big stuff and make or break your ms.
So now I’m reading backwards! Not really backwards, exactly, but yeah, backwards.
I started at the last chapter and am going chapter by chapter, from end to start.
Yes, I am aware this means I am adding a step and will have to do another read-through the right way when I’m done. And yes, it is slow-going, because I’m seeing so much more this way and rewriting much.
But doing this is helping me forget about the story and focus on the words, to concentrate on the structure of individual sentences and character voices and throw plot development, pacing and flow out the window (for now).
Looking at each chapter/scene alone, instead of part of the whole really helps to isolate the scene and to find what works and doesn’t within that confined space. Once each is polished, I’ll string them all together again and get back to looking at the whole and focusing on the big picture.
How about you? Have you ever read your ms backwards?