Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Novel Grammar Farts
I found time to finish reading and marking up my book. Now I just need to circle back and make the revisions: typos, grammar-farts etc. Also there's a couple of chapters in the middle that I want to redo. I changed my mind on the placement of one of the characters and now the middle doesn't match with the ending.
What did people do before word processors? Could you imagine having to retype all 326 pages over again to make revisions. I don't think so. Then again if I knew I couldn't rewrite so easily I'd probably be more careful. But when I'm on a role I just like to write without having to worry about making it perfect. Otherwise I get all OCD on it.
My book takes place mostly in fictitious town in Maine, near Bar Harbor. I'm excited to be going up there next week - perfect timing to get fodder for some new material on those rewrites. I'll have to take the laptop.
I love Maine. There's something so tranquil about it. I've only been to the Bar Harbor area a couple of times but was so taken by it that it inspired me to set my novel there.
I don't blog too much about my book mostly because it's been gathering dust in the bottom of my file cabinet for so many years. I started it about seven years ago and during that time wrote it piecemeal: on the weekends, weeknights, early mornings and during vacations.
Now having finished the reread, I'm somewhat pleased. Once I make the changes I'll be happier with it.
Posted by Rick Bettencourt at 6:34 AM