I swear, it took me almost an hour to get my head to stop spinning when I walked out of the office last night–much of it just standing in the shower to physically separate myself from the rest of my day. A run or ride would have been better, anything physical, but it was late. I got through the entire ms, putting down some big-block changes of what I wanted to see. I plan to do it again today to fine tune it and make sure I’m not making a mistake or taking a hatchet to what needs a pruning.
At this stage, I don’t even have the computer on. The manuscript is papercliped into chapters, and bindercliped into days, and I’m leaning heavy on my character grid to keep organized. I’m writing in the changes I want to see in that big white space at the beginning of each chapter, again looking at pacing, character flow from chapter to chapter, and trying to address the issues my editor brought up. I’m liking what I’m seeing, my biggest goal being enriching character growth and trying to simplify the plot.
I spent a good hour yesterday trying to track down a chapter that I thought I wrote in rough draft and tossed before my editor ever saw it. Turns out it was never written, but I did write out the dialog, which is probably why I see it so clearly in my head. I’m using it, along with my original ending (again, something that my editor didn’t see) but the ending is going to be split between chapter three and a dream sequence either in this book or the next. See, despite my ugly words yesterday about dream sequences, they do have their place–especially when I want to point out something that the main character already knows but is reluctant to accept. But trust me, you will know it’s a dream from the first sentence.
P.S. I really love my office. This is the bestest place to work in that I’ve ever had.