No one warned me that revisions would lead to madness. But it does, my friend. It does.
I am in the process of revising the stories I wrote at Odyssey and have been doing a poor job of it. Mostly I’ve been stumbling about adding things and then taking it out again. Luckily, my good friend Greg has thrown me a rope by asking a few good questions.
“What are your goals for this revision?” He suggested that I focus on one goal each time I go through the story. (Sounds familiar, like something I remember hearing at Odyssey.)
“Why does it need to be eliminated/changed/revised/added?” This question prompted me to ask myself why I wrote the story in the first place. Looking back on the original vision of my story and whether I’ve achieved my goal is a good way to keep myself from going into a thousand directions while revising.
Finally…the best advice:
“Keep a narrowed focus. The beginning doesn’t work? What exactly about the beginning doesn’t work?”
Anyhow, back to work. But first, here are some pictures to summarize the past four weeks in which I fell into a blackhole and did not update my blog.
Hanging out in the Texas heat…