I was re-drafting my query today for my novel HURT and got a brainstorm: What if this character dunnit, not the original? Oh, stop, I told myself, but it was too late. I was thinking about it. Then I started to write the thoughts down. And I realized that this potential revision could solve a number of niggling problems I had with the story. It could strengthen a couple of weak characters, cast light on others' motivations, take out the tired old serial-killer motif and focus on a more interesting plot.

I'm really excited about these changes, with one caveat: it is yet another revision. This would make the third "last" revision I have done. Each has strengthened the story, so I don't feel that I'm stuck in endless-revision-land... and yet I really want this to be the last revision so I can move onto the next project. I've felt that way for the past year and a half.

Oh well. Onward, I guess.

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Comment by Christa M. Miller on July 4, 2007 at 1:23am
Thanks, Laura and Kathryn! Laura, it is a rush. Finishing would be, too. LOL

The revision is proceeding. The main problem I'm running into is the same one that made me fear the revision to begin with - I'm so used to the existing material that it's hard to break out of it and really rewrite it. It's not *bad* material, but it may or may not "fit." I think I'm going to have to rewrite from scratch... yikes. *sigh*
Comment by Kathryn Lilley on July 3, 2007 at 3:13pm
Sounds like you should definitely pursue the revision. those "niggling thoughts" are what lead us to better writing!
Comment by Laura Benedict on June 30, 2007 at 3:32pm
Go, Christa! Go! It sounds like the story's evolving the way it needs to--without obvious thought. Isn't that a rush?! Enjoy it, and follow it to the end....

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