Thursday, March 29, 2007

Putting Humpty Together Again

My manuscript is like Humpty Dumpty right now. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. But by golly, I’m going to. :)

I just finished going through the manuscript for the second time, incorporating all the big-picture requested revisions. Right now, I have writing scribbled all over the pages. Huge blocks are X-ed out. Plus, I’ve written new scenes or extremely revised scenes into a new file. I have 32 pages of those, which will be added in as I’m typing in my hand-written changes.

I’m a bit frazzled right now because it feels like my “child” is scattered in a gazillion pieces. But I have faith it’ll come together. I’ll start the typing tomorrow and plan to get it done in a couple of days. Then I’ll print out the new version and hope I can’t see too many seams where I’ve stitched it back together. Overall, I know the book is going to be better. (Thanks to my wonderful editors!)

At their suggestion, I wrote an epilogue today. The fun part? I got to type “The End.” For the second time. How cool is that? :)

If you're a writer, do you perfer to revise on paper or on the computer?



  1. Missy,

    I feel similar. After talking to an editor day before yesterday, I had to stop working on my WIP and pull together a chapter-by-chapter outline for a proposal on one of my historicals. I typically only write a 3-page synopsis, so this is a huge challenge for me. The good side is, it's forcing me to go back through my manuscript one more time.

    To answer your question, I like to edit both on and off the screen. It acts as a cross and checks balance for me. I catch things off screen that I don't catch on screen and vise versa.


  2. LOL! Your opening line cracked me up, Missy. I use both forms of editing. I like to do as much on the computer s possible, but there are things I see in print that I miss on the computer. Like repetitive words. Plus I always have to print it out for hubby to proofread anyway. Who knows how it will go that big wonderful day when I'm making changes for an editor :-)

  3. Jenn, that's great you got to talk to an editor!! That outline will help you later with revisions, so it'll definitely not be wasted time. And just think, there's no creativity involved at all, so it won't be too taxing on your brain. :)

    Mindy, you'll have your day revising for an editor. Just keep at it!


  4. Hi,

    I enjoy revising on paper, then the computer. Maybe that will change one day, but for now I have to print it all out.
    Missy-I know your revisions are going to rock! Jenn, whoo--that sounds challenging!! I know you can do it--
    Mindy-like Missy said, your day revising for an editor will come-I know it.

  5. Great post Missy! I prefer to revise on the computer. I prefer to write in longhand, but the VERY DOWN side of that is that then I have to unput it all into the computer-which is like pulling all of my teeth out one at a time, for some reason.

    So for the sake of my smile, I revise on the computer.

  6. I like both too. It helps to see my work in different formats. And recently, I felt like Humpty Dumpty more than my work. Okay, I still do. Jesus, could you put me back together again? I'm having a tough time prioritizing the last few weeks. Thanks, :-) . I know you will.