My NaBlo posts are in the form of letters to my journal about my revision process. Along the way, I'll include Home-Made Revision Workshop posts, and my Friday Challenges...
Today is the day that I begin the process I wrote about yesterday. Yesterday I finished putting in the last of edits from Carolyn. Today I will change two chapters (of 25) from 1st to 3rd person. A few people have mentioned that this seems like a huge deal. It isn't. It isn't really a point of view change, except in the most technical sense. The book will still be in the voice of Libby- nothing in it that she doesn't experience or remember. The reason that I'm doing this switch is that it suddenly occurred to me, after I had finished the first draft, that 3rd person, in this case, was more intimate. I cannot explain to you why this is but perhaps some of you have experienced a similar happening. It also allows me more perspective.The readers can watch what Libby does, from a cool reserve, and then move to Libby's interior thoughts. It is a great way to build tension.
The other task I have for today is to see where I have not rounded out - on the page - Libby's character. I have it full blown in my mind and I need to find those places that leave the reader guessing in a not good way!
I'm excited to get onto this part of the revision process. As usual, I will be moving back and forth between the floor and the balcony as I work. And I will be cutting, cutting, cutting. I'm getting deliciously ruthless in my paring down process. Next, I'll move up to my clothes-closet and start in there!
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