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Most days are like this

Much of my energy right now is going into revision: that long slow plod full of detours and backtracking. In the midst of revision, every book seems endless. Even though I write relatively short books.

What takes me the longest is deepening the story. Finding and revealing layers: layers of meaning, layers of emotion. Evoking the third dimension in each character. Asking why did she do that, and where does this scene happen, and what is he really afraid of. I haven't yet hit upon a way to find these layers other than through this slow rereading, this tinkering, this ceaseless questioning. At least it's absorbing, if not glamorous!


It's amazing how thin a story can be once you're no longer in the throes of composition.
For me, this is the best part of writing. It's exciting, getting that story down, but finding those layers, as you say, is absorbing. I love to puzzle it out, to really get to know my characters, their world. Putting in those details that pull everything together--chills, baby. Chills. Or maybe it's just cold in here. It IS August in New England. ;)
It's not just the cold. It's the magic of the manuscript. ;-)
And every time someone reads the manuscript, they ask a question, or point out something that begins a whole new thought processs, and a whole new revision pass ;O)

I love it. Every pass means I'm making the story that little bit deeper, and better (at least, I hope I am!)

Edited at 2013-08-15 08:15 am (UTC)
When you run out of things to do to it, you're done. ;-)