I’ve set up a command central of sorts in a downstairs room. I prefer to write in my office, but the room isn’t big enough for current purposes. So this is what I’m doing…my hubby set up a large table so I can spread out my manuscript by chapter. The editor I am working with suggested I send him a brief synopsis – just a couple of lines per chapter. I’m in the process of doing just that – going chapter by chapter. By having each chapter in its own little pile, I can get a birds eye view of the entire story. See where the holes are…which is harder to do when you are reading the entire manuscript in one sitting. I’ve done a read-through of the manuscript, making notes in the margins/changing words/whatever else is needed. I will go back and make the changes on the file later.
By working in another room I think I may get a different perspective – a change of scenery and what not – which is always helpful when doing revision work. Plus, the doors are almost soundproof – another plus when you have two energetic boys running around.
The read-through proved incredibly helpful. I found several spots where my voice slipped – or rather, the voice of my main character. I would not have noticed that (obviously I didn’t when I wrote those parts) had I not printed out the manuscript and done a solid read-through. Printing out 300 plus pages (I set the margins to 1″) was quite the experience. I felt like I was back working on my Master’s, but this time I was enjoying the work – ha!
So today- setting up the chapters on the table and looking at the big picture, also working on a chapter by chapter synopsis for the editor. This should also help when I work on the synopsis to send the agent.
Have a fantastic day…enjoy the remaining days of summer!