This is one of those things I started saying A LOT when I became a parent. Right now, we’re dealing with some sleep regression issues with our toddler. And this is the phrase I’ve said to myself every night for the past week. At 1:00 AM. When she’s not sleeping. And neither am I.
Again, it’s incredibly important to recognize all the things that are effecting the progress I’m making toward my goals. It helps keep me motivated when I’m feeling behind in the work I’m trying to accomplish. And it helps me focus on the progress I have been able to make toward my goals even with the sleep deprivation.
I’m continuing to make my way through revising the first act of the manuscript I’m working on. I’m doing this on a paper copy that I printed and had bound at Staples with a spiral bound coil. I’m finding that I’m LOVING doing this first complete revision on paper. I’m not revising the grammar, sentence structure, spelling, etc. this time around. I’m focusing on big story revisions: rounding out my characters, world building details, relationship crafting. I’m finding that doing this work on paper specifically is awesome because I can’t get distracted by being on the computer. When I revise on the computer, I tend to get lost on the internet when I decide to “take a minute” to research something I’m trying to craft in my writing. That quick minute to research winds up leading to an hour of chasing one thing after another and then I’ve lost all track of where I was in my story. Doing it on paper forces me to stay with my characters every step of the way.
I’m thinking about the fact that the end of this month marks the ends of my Quarter 3 for my writing goals as well. At the end of this month, I’ll be meeting with my peer critique group friend to swap our first round of manuscripts and then we will start on our second round which will happen during the month of March. I’ll be critiquing her second manuscript at the same time as revising the manuscript she’s critiquing for me now. I’m hoping to revise the first and second act of the story I’m working on right now before the end of this month when it will be time to hand it off. We shall see.
How do you like to revise a story? Do you print out a paper copy or revise on the computer? Or does it depend on whether you’re revising a chapter vs. a full manuscript?