Nearing the end of my revision

No one understands how giddy I feel right now! I am so close to the end of my revision. I can’t wait until I’m done so I can go over it and give it a good polishing.

I said it before but I am so proud how this revision turned out. I’m glad I asked for help with my query + synopsis or it would have remained the way it did.

There were a massive amount of changes done in the 6th draft from the 5th. And it’s a total different story down from the 1st! My main character is even a little different than how she started out, too. While in her current state she is back and forth with her options it’s reaching that peak where something is going to happen that will push her to look forward to her goal.

And there is a scene in the 6th draft that wasn’t even in the 5th and hopefully I can nail it to make it as memorable as I can. Oh man, this revision journey is coming to a close soon! I can taste it!

Making changes

This has been on my mind for a while now and it have everything to do with my revising of my book.

When making changes to my book, there are certain sacrifices I have to take in order to make it better. Those sacrifices often lead to me adding more and more text to me “deleted scenes” doc and it honestly kills me. But if I don’t delete it, my story won’t make as much sense as it did pre revision.

Certain scenes I just outright delete but others I actually save and see if it could work in another chapter or the future sequels.

Still it hurts. My WIP is my baby but I’ll do anything for it to be as perfect as it can be.

Playing favourites

Honestly, when you write a character, they’ll and up becoming your favourite. Regardless of their moral standings. If it’s bad, you obviously don’t condone the actions they do.

I certainly don’t… yet here I am loving up all the villains in my stories.

And other certain characters I write, I dont want to harm but when my characters take over for me, well, let’s just say my wish is not granted. And it’s brutal. When writing I have to become all of my characters at once to get a grasp of their personality. Hesitation is me not wanting to do what they want.

And you know my favourites are always the good ones. The ones that are known as “wholesome” and always kind. They are my favourite. It’s not to say that the other ones I write I don’t like, again, I love all of my characters. I just can’t… bring myself to harm them. Even through my characters.

But sometimes they end up showing me I have to build their character. Even if it’s nothing too tragic.

Trying to write believable characters

It can be difficult. And I speak for myself on this. I’m trying hard to make all my characters as three dimensional as I can without making them come off as (the term being) Mary Sue/Gary Stuish.

Though all my characters have their own quirks and personalities that half the time I forget they are actual characters. But that’s just me being biased about my own story. As far as I can tell, I’m able to differentiate everyone from one another. So I guess I’m on the right track.

I just hope when I’m applying things like disabilities, it’s believable. This is where the research part comes in but I can only do so much until I have to seek someone out for help.

With this revision, all of my characters became stronger. I can’t wait to finish!

WORLDBUILDING

So… I’ve been keeping a file I go back to once in a while to make sure I have everything in order when it comes to my book. I finally got down to making a timeline for my book. At the moment I want to lead it up to the current event instead of going all the way to the end because I’m not sure where my story will lead me.

  • I tend to let my story drive me and not the other way around.

So far I’ve made myself cry thanks to my story’s history of how the world came to be. Hopefully viewers will cry, too. Or maybe it might hit too close to home. Who knows!