Monday, October 05, 2009
Rewrite And--Oops, Another Year
Today I begin the rewrite for Deceit, turned in August 1. If you read my post last week about the different kinds of edits, you'll understand when I say this is the first edit--the substantive or macro edit. Fortunately in Deceit's case, the rewrite is minimal. Basically my editors are asking me to deepen my protagonist's characterization (through a few choice sentences here and there), wait awhile longer to reveal a certain plot point, plus deal with changes in sentences throughout the book--which is more the track change or line edit stage. The manuscript was turned in very clean, the editors say.
Surprising, really. When I turned in this book I was sure it was terrible. Shows how well I can judge my own work by the time I turn in the draft. I've simply looked at it too much at that point to see it clearly.
I look forward to diving in. Over the weekend I reread Donald Maass' The Fire in Fiction. I want to look at Deceit with some of Maass' concepts in mind to see where else I can improve the manuscript.
On another note--I'm 53 as of today. I am now officially and ever so humbly (!) accepting creative birthday greetings, including limericks, puns, crazy sentences using some of Today's Words--or whatever you might come up with. (A straight happy birthday works too.)