Monday, 1 February 2010

day five of holly lisle’s one-pass revision method

Several chapters later, I’ve figured out why I’m not finding any huge mistakes: I wrote a badass novel. For serious. I want to write a list of all the things I love in the story so far, but (a) it would spoil the surprise for future betas and (b) the list would be ridiculously long.

Two things I noticed today:
  1. Printing double-spaced and single-sided was a mistake. There’s tons of white space at the top and bottom of each page, around the margins, between paragraphs, at the end of chapters. Next time I’ll kill fewer trees.
  2. My notebook is lopsided. I have a stack of world-building notes, mainly for consistency; a good few plot notes, to ensure continuity and plot logic and proper payoffs; a handful of backstory notes, for key scenes I ought to work into the novel somewhere; and absolutely zero characterisation notes. Puzzling. Perhaps when I’m scribbling notes all over the printouts I’m not remembering to write up big-picture characterisation issues in my notebook.
Tomorrow my protagonist gets crippled and her partner gets his pretty face ruined. It’s time for the act one climax battle! :D


  1. Yes! You're not bagging yourself anymore. Right on.

  2. Hahaha! Lovin' the confidence, seriously. Killing fewer trees is a good idea. And I've always thought characterization, while more important than almost everything else, is something that happens fluidly - it's hard to take notes on it. World-building, though - that takes tons of notes! You rock Para :)

  3. Yay, Para! Of course it's awesome! *waves little editing cheerleader flag*

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