As I’ve been working on revisions, I’ve noticed that 30 pages a day works well for me. It’s usually 4 hours of actual time at the computer making changes.
Which may not sound like a lot, but that’s just the initial work time.
When I’m revising, I like to do a chapter and then walk away from the laptop. Work out for an hour or do chores or work on something else.
Because that time away is when my brain can turn things over in the background. And usually that’s when it can figure out what is bothering me in a scene. I might notice at my laptop that something is feeling slow in the pacing, but I’m not exactly sure on the fix.
That time away is when my brain formulates a solution. I can’t always do it on demand in the exact moment.
The time away lets my mind focus on something else, while in the background it gently and repeatedly comes at the work.
There have been times it’s taken me an entire day to get a scene right. I actually spend 8 hours on 4 pages mulling them over and rewriting them until they work.
I’ve also noticed that feedback is hard to handle (as usual). But if I just leave comments that don’t make sense on the initial read and deal with them later, then they do eventually make sense on my second pass through the book.
These sound like simple things, but for some reason I forgot them in my rush to be on deadline. I forgot to trust myself and the process. I lost sight of the fact that I can get it there.
So I’m writing this post. Not just for you my lovely readers, but for me, as a reminder.
Have you noticed you need a balance of down time as you revise so that things have time to percolate or do you like to get in there and just go?
I’m giving away two signed copies of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts over on Goodreads–it’s an international giveaway of the paperback.