So, I took quite some time away from my story. The delay was partly because I didn’t know how to tackle the whole revision process and partly because I just needed inspiration. I read a lot; mostly books similar to the genre of my story. I also read books by authors that inspire me; based on their style of writing or their method of storytelling in general.
In between reading, I wrote some new chapters for my story. Probably sparked by these readings or just allowing the time away from it all let my brain conjure up something great. Of course, many of these great ideas came to me in the middle of the night, waking me up to jot it down. Once inspired – as I feel that I am now – I finally was able to sit down and tackle the revision process on my story.
It’s interesting to revisit this story after a few months away from it. I’m approaching it with a fresh mind and new ideas. I find my best writing happens very early in the morning, on Saturdays. It is most likely due to the fact that it is the quietest moment of my week. To prevent any further delays, I promised myself to complete this particular revision of the novel by March 1. So, for the next 2 months, I plan to tackle this step with more descriptions, depth and revising the flow. Now that I have the story complete, it should make it easier, right?
Re-approaching the story at this stage, I begin to look at the flow in a different light. At times I think maybe I should move scenes around; swap what should come first, second and later. But first, I’m starting with descriptions. I’m going into my story and adding more background to people and situations. And I find that as I do this, I realize maybe a scene that I’ve placed much later in the story should actually be pushed up… to help explain or set a particular situation up. Well, wish me luck… I’ll see how this goes…