I’m a little over 100 pages into the revisions of the new novel and I gotta say I’m impressed. So far it reads very competently, keeps my interest, and generally holds together. I’ve cut about 4500 words of mostly useless dialogue and side rants. But the part that I really like are there are several sparkling passages. These are the passages that I read and smile because I don’t believe I wrote them. That gives me hope. I’m still a bit worried about what’s waiting for me at the end of this book, it may be a complete mess or it may be serviceable, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
But until then, I’m just amazed I haven’t had to throw out more of this book. I worked so long on Lunchbox Hero and the first four or five drafts were literally page one rewrites that scrapped almost everything from the previous draft. This is certainly a change of scenery from that. Is it possible I actually learned something during the five year process of writing my first novel? Gasp, I know.
Rewrites tonight might be impeded by the back-to-back duo of Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars. Actually, I may be able to work right through Gilmore Girls. The show just doesn’t have the same spark this year without the original creators on board and it seems like the conversations are slowed waaaaaaay down. Its the speed and wit that makes this show what it is and that seems to be in short supply these days. My girl Veronica though, she rocks.