Last week at this time I'd made no formal plan to actually start my revisions. Oh, I'd had the printed manuscripts stashed in my bag for a while. (Er, has anyone seen that bag? Seriously. HAS ANYONE SEEN IT!?!) But "summer" still seemed a lot like "later" to me.
Well, official calendars be hanged, summer IS here, and we all know it. Now is the time to make good on my own revision threats. And lucky for me, I am not alone in needing to follow through. I get to share the experience with a fab group of like-minded writers participating in the Summer Revision Smackdown, a month-long revision event masterminded/hosted by Jolie Stekly and Holly Cupala. (Thanks, you two!)
This challenge popped up at the perfect time for me, so I decided to take it as a sign to get crackin'. No slackin'.
My goals for Smackdown Week 1:
- get reacquainted with my manuscript (yes, that's manuscript singular; I have no business planning two revisions at a time)
- make big-picture notes about what I think needs to happen to take the story to the next level (did I mention that I think the draft is a bit shaky?)
- implement any super-easy-and-clearly-beneficial changes I see right off the bat
- create a manageable revision plan for the rest of the month using either iWork or Notebook
- report Week 1 progress to the Smackdown group on Friday
But. I can do this! Hey, I figure the Smackdown goals are mine for the setting.
This is the type of thing I tend to put off and off and off because the only one benefiting from the work is me. I'm ready to break that habit!