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Revisions? - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Chapter 20 of Shades (Interlude (5): Accidental Magic) is up at the Quill. Really just some minor tweaks to make things cleareer here and there. I feel like I'm not working hard enough and should have a second draft significantly tighter and better than the first draft. And yet.


One thing about being close to ten chapters behind myself in putting together the second draft is that there's been enough time to make much of it seem distant to me, so I'm not just leaving it be out of sentimentality. Laziness, maybe, but I'm under no illusion of perfection.

Do other people revise a lot between drafts?
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simibee From: simibee Date: July 28th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Random thought... but I was just looking at the chapter count and thinking "dang... that's a lot..."- I hadn't realized it was so many. And then I was thinking and I realized it's been almst a year (I think...) since you started it. It was shortly after HBP came out, right? It doesn't feel like that long ago... It's amazing that you can keep everyone hooked and reading for all that time- and I didn't even notice. I think you're making the time until book 7 go by faster. Thank you for that. And even if it hasn't actually been a year and I'm pulling that out of nowhere... well, it's still really impressive. So. yes. Keep up the great work!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 28th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Pretty close--it's July 27 now, and I started on July 30 last year. I didn't realize it had been that long either. Hey, it does kill time, doesn't it?
kokopelli20878 From: kokopelli20878 Date: July 28th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)


I tend to write incrementally. Some of my longer chapters (25k words) go through as many iterations as there are letters between a and p. Doing this I tend to fuss with stuff, move scenes around, delete scenes and paragraphs of dialogue, so yes, I'd say that qualifies as revising. Sometimes I junk a chapter around iteration #7 and just start over.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 28th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: revisions

I junk things and start over a lot, but usually before I post the first draft here at LJ.

Wait a minute... do those junked things count as drafts? ;p
kokopelli20878 From: kokopelli20878 Date: July 28th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: revisions

If they're drafts, they're usually NSF (a negotiable instruments joke).
lyras From: lyras Date: July 28th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
For me it completely depends; some stories I'll practically rewrite when I edit them, whereas others remain largely intact. In some ways I think this depends on how I wrote them - if I write them on the PC (in which case I probably read through what I'd already written before continuing with the story each time), then they generally need a lot fewer revisions.

I've never written a chaptered piece, though, and I'm sure that's very different - all that plot to worry about!
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: July 28th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
It depends on the story, for me; something short, evocative, and detailed I may spend weeks writing but not ever go into "drafts," per se. Just niggle as I go.

Longer stories I do tend to have to revise significantly, going back to establish setups and so forth.... I've never dared to post a WIP, and am in awe of people like you who can actually pull it off with plot and character arcs and everything....! *fangirls*
lacontessamala From: lacontessamala Date: July 28th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do other people revise a lot between drafts?

If only they would.

Also, you're working with the handicap of publishing serially. You've managed amazingly, by the way; neither of your major HP fanfics read like a Dickens cliffhanger, for which I am profoundly grateful.

In other words, the stories are already the best HP fanfic I've ever read, but hey, a little judicious editing never hurts.
snorkackcatcher From: snorkackcatcher Date: August 1st, 2006 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I usually end up revising when I read through a story or chapter before posting to a new site, but generally I don't change anything major. Coming back to the story 'fresh' tends to show up things like clunky writing that needs rephrasing, unnecessary dialogue and description that can be cut, and scenes that are rather 'bare' (mostly dialogue) and need some extra background detail and/or 'stage business' to round them out a bit. Occasionally I'll catch a plot bug or add something new that I've thought of, but the end product is usually version 1.1 rather than 2.0, as it were.
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