I’ve written about revising before, so I’m not certain this adds much. I just want to say I love this stage. I’m in draft 6 of Promised (Book 3 of the Birthmarked trilogy), and now that I’m more and more convinced I have all the scenes I need and that they’re in the right places, I can finally work at the level where I’m questioning each word. It’s a little like working on a very long poem.
So much of character emerges here in tiny gestures and dialogue. Slowing down and sinking into each scene lets me see the firelight, smell the wood smoke and hear the voices in a rich, incredibly satisfying way.
I’ve turned on the track changes feature so I’ll be able to dovetail this draft with the one I most recently sent to my editor. You can see by the frequent changes (in red) that the prose is still very fluid.
If it seems odd to hear about the process of Book 3 when, as a reader, you may have recently finished Birthmarked and be expecting Prized in a couple months, I’ll admit it has been odd for me, too, to get used to having books in such different stages of the process. I’m thankful that today I’m in a stage I enjoy.