- J. Lamont
Adventures in Editing: Update 5
My weekly, Friday update....
It's Friday! That means it's time to report in on my progress. Here's where I'm at:
Goal: Finish Rewriting Beginning Chapters
Result: Not so done.... Let me explain though, I totally did try! Here's where I'm at. I completely trashed the beginning of the novel, taking out the entire first chapter. But then I was left wondering what would be a better way to begin. The good news is, I think I found it, and I did write an entirely new version of Chapter 1. The problem is, it created a whole new tone for Chapter 1, which doesn't match up with how the rest of Act 1 sounds and feels. Soooo... that basically created more work for me, because it means going back through the rest of Act 1 to make sure that these new events established in this alternate beginning are included AND that Act 1 feels cohesive. It's a lot of work, and I'm still not done with it.
Goal: Rewrite an Additional Scene
Result: Nope! Not even close. Like I said above, now that I rewrote the entire first chapter with all new content, the rest of Act 1 has to flow with it, which it doesn't. Boo!
Although I was super pumped and did so much good work early on in the week, I also majorly slacked over the last few days, putting in ZERO words or time on the re-write. *insert grimacing emoji here!* The truth is, I could have totally had the rest of Act 1 cleaned up, but I totally got lazy and lost the drive.
No excuses though... I know I can do better, and today marks the beginning of a new week for me to continue my adventures in editing. So, with that said, here's the plan....
The Plan: My goal for this week is to finish editing Act 1. That means I want to finish going through Act 1 to make sure it holds together with this new, alternate Chapter 1 I've created. Additionally, as part of the Act 1 makeover, I have an idea for an additional scene for this Act that I think could be a lot of fun. So, if it fits and makes sense with the makeover, that would be my secondary goal- to write additional scene that I'll simply call "The Gala."
That's it. Let's see if I can get it done. Have an amazing weekend and keep turning the page!