And I’m holed up in the dark cave of my writing room working on the rewrite for CALL THE SHOTS (the tentatively titled third book in the STF series). Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. I manage to sneak outside every once in awhile (see summer photo essay below).
I actually really enjoy the rewriting process. It wasn’t always this way. I used to dread it. I used to think the first draft was the most fun to write and everything else was drudgery. But now I know better. The first draft is fun, for sure. But it’s like a crazy uncontrolled fun where you try and get everything and anything out onto the page. The rewriting is where all the refinement comes in. It allows you to go back and add all the little details (and big plot points) you thought you wanted to add in the first place but were too busy trying to get the book finished to actually find the time to fit in (thank you, I hope you enjoyed that run-on sentence). Rewriting is where you can hone your characters and straighten the story spine and sharpen the jokes. It’s where you can go back and do a little extra research to add layers to your novel.
Speaking of which, I am going to cut this blog short as I have to get back to the book. I will leave you with a book suggestion (Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson - silly fast fun) and a movie suggestion (X-Men: First Class - silly fast fun… also) and my brief summer photo essay with many pictures of bees. Enjoy!