Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Revision Face!

So I'm revising my 'scare me to death' wip. I've got seven chapters to finish until I'm done with the first pass. Woot. 

So I thought I'd share a bit about my revision technique. And, for the funny, I'm using the awesome pictures from hyperbole and a half to demonstrate!

Now I'm sick because I love, love, love revision (don't hate me, I'm only little.) I enjoy chopping into my sentences and making them shiny. The one thing I don't like is waking up (this probably explains why I write while sat on my bed. Hmm). So I may start my revision process like this:

But once I get into the swing of things:

I'm in my own little world. It's MY time. I lock myself in my bedroom like a teenage boy with a stash of... whatever teenage boys lock themselves in their rooms with these days. I only come up for air to either a) get a drink b) eat c) perform whatever cleanliness/hygiene related function is needed. I wield the red pen of doom/delete key on all who cross my path until stupid hours!

Sometimes I fall into my procrastination place:

Because there's always something fun happening on Twitter, the blogosphere or YouTube that I NEED to see. But I know this is no good for my MC, who I may have left dangling off some precipice to topple to her death (don't panic Amparo, she isn't really):

So I eat that last cookie, drink my tea and begin again:

And I repeat the cycle until all my pages are edited.

The I start round two.

So how do you edit? Got any fun revision tips/procrastination tools you'd like to share? :)

P.S. I'm also over at Operation Awesome today.


Amparo Ortiz said...

OMG, I LOVE this!!! Those pics are amazing!!

And yes, you'd better NOT throw ANYONE off a precipice, missy! Well, unless it's the villains, In which case, they will not be missed.

I love to edit, too, so I guess we're both sick little creatures. I usually go through three drafts by myself, then send out to (awesome) crit partners. I'm currently in First Draft Land, so I won't be coming up for air in a loooong time.

Except tomorrow. The things I do for turkey. :D

Matthew MacNish said...

Hilarious. Nice to know that you go at it with so much gusto!

Sarah Ahiers said...

hah! I love Hyperbole and a Half so much! We always quote "Internet! Forever!" in our house

Katrina L. Lantz said...

LOL I love her Alots. Fabulous post, Lindsay! And you're brilliant over at Operation Awesome today, too! How do you do it all? You rock!

Julie Musil said...

Oh my gosh, this is so funny! LOVE those pictures.

I don't have any secrets of my own. I steal other people's secrets! Like yours *scribbles notes*

Colene Murphy said...

Bwahahaha! This is awesome! I love love love those pictures!!

Talli Roland said...

Those little pics made me laugh. I can just imagine you doing that! :)

I can't believe you love revisions! Grrrrrr...

Anonymous said...

LOL! I'll have to check out that website--great pics!

Gosh, I enjoy writing, but man, I wish I was half as enthusiastic as those drawings.

Maria McKenzie said...

Lindsay, love the post! The pictures are great:). I enjoy revisions, too. I get lost in my own little world and forget about everything else!

Lindsay, I named you as a Versatile Blogger today!

Carol Riggs said...

I definitely don't mind revising, either. I like making things shiny and as "perfect" as I can. And oh my goodness, those illustrations are perfect! What a riot.

Congrats on Maria's award, and I trailed you "home" from there!

Unknown said...

Too cute. I love revisions, too. Much more fun than first drafts--which I'm working on right now. My procrasination is much greater during the first draft. ;)

Anonymous said...

Usually ends up with consuming lots of wine. maybe that's why I need to do so many revisions.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the pics!! :)

I like the slash and shine parts of editing - hate the fixing plot hole parts!