It’s been a long time since my last blog post and while I could easily give you reasons– with some excuses thrown in– for the delay, let’s just say that life got in the way. So, sorry, forgive me, thanks, let’s move on.
I’m working on revising Chapter 4 of “The Billionaire’s Socialite Bride.” Revising is hard work and I’ve often heard it said that revision is where the writing is actually done. Don’t get me wrong: it takes a lot to complete a book. But to go back, and make it better… there’s been blood, sweat and tears.
Scrivener is finally available for Windows and it has really helped with my revisions. Instead of looking at a long word document and trying not to panic at the intimidating task, with Scrivener, I can divide my chapter into parts. Then I focus on one scene at a time, which is a lot less overwhelming.
Right now, I’m working on a scene between my hero and heroine at a restaurant. It’s not enough to write the scene; there’s a lot I have to layer in. I want to make sure I include my plot points, but then I need to go back and add descriptions, strengthen POV. I work on including strong word choices, building sexual tension, converting passive sentences into active ones and, showing not telling. Once I’m happy with this scene, I’ll move on to the next one. Sounds easy? If I’m working everyday, it’ll take me a couple of days to work through a scene.
And there are 2-3 scenes per chapter.
When I read over the polished version of my work, it’s bears little resemblence to what I started with. I sometimes wonder how I did it. And worry if I’ll be able to do it again. But then I move on to the next scene and the process starts over again.