Day 7 of 9: Add Some Red
I print out my work when I’m feeling stuck, which happens when I can’t see something with fresh eyes anymore.
I take a red pen to the warm, freshly printed copy, and I add what I think the chapter needs. I cut things too and make corrections and draw long arrows to move stuff around, but mostly I add dialogue and description to the places that feel a little thin. I make these additions without restraint or too much thought. If the pages don’t seem to have enough red, I might take a second read through. I’m not perfecting the piece with these additions, I just need more words to play with, more clay to mold.
After the thin places are filled with red, I listen to some music while adding all the red onto the computer copy. It takes some time. Some of my notes say things like “Fix!” with a paragraph circled or “Add More Here” with an arrow.
When I read it again with all the red added, the work feels fresh again and I can keep editing on the computer and rework it until it sings, or until it feels dead and I have to print it out again.
Current draft status: The first five chapters are mostly finished. I printed out chapters six through nine and I’m still working on the hard copy.
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