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From the foundations up

It may be worth noting that this is the first time since I was 16 that I've worked with a novel beyond the first draft. The processes of outlining and initial writing, the stuff I talked about in June and July, are familiar and even becoming comfortable. With this editing thing, on the other hand, I'm having to figure out how to approach it pretty much from scratch. As with first drafts, the second draft of a novel takes a lot more pre-prep than does that of a short story.

The day is just about over, and I can now say I'm ready to start the actual rewriting. How I got there, for interested parties:

-I read through the entire novel, making notes (see previous entry).
-Going back, I marked and numbered each of the "scenes" (sections where a new interaction/conflict came up, even if structurally attached to others in one scene)--ended up with 48.
-I skimmed through the "scenes", noted which were essential to the main plot and wrote down the various subplots that formed the others (about 18 essentials, the other 30 representing eight tangents of various sorts).
-Because I'd decided there was too much being crammed into the novel, I looked at the subplots and decided which to cut (2), which to trim (5), and which to keep as is (1).
-As I was having trouble seeing how the revised story should play out, I did some brain-storming on the personality and motivations of the main character, which seemed a little vague.
-I wrote a new outline for the novel, taking into consideration which scenes were most essential, which scenes I was dropping, and what I needed to add/alter to take into account the new thoughts I had on the characters (despite having cut things and rearranged a lot, it's ended up having the same number of chapters as the first draft).
-I added in reminders from the notes I'd made in the first step, things to keep in mind during the rewrite.
-(I've also started reading the YA books I bought last month, and my new mythology books, for inspiration and example.)

That was the methodical side of my brain in action. Always up to the task. Trouble is, this is where the muse-dependent, intuitive side has to take over. Here's hoping it proves equally dependable, for once. ;)

mlc

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skutir
Aug. 31st, 2003 02:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, this is helpful. I am not sure how to proceed with my second draft. I probably won't use the exact same process, but it's interesting to see how someone should have a process.
astres
Aug. 31st, 2003 03:10 am (UTC)
Huzzah! We have progress :D:D

*hugs hugs* Keep at it, hun :)
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