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It sounds like everyone is cruising along on revisions yay!!! :ceilingdance

Keep up on that first chapter AmandaSue, and especially the first paragraph! I rewrite those over and over and poke at them until they bleed. But its so important. And on this MS my first chapter was the ONLY one my agent didn't have me change or even tweak in the slightest. Maybe she was afraid of all the blood, I don't know. :)

Olmue, compare document feature? Is this yet one more thing dumb me doesn't know about? Tell us more please!

Jody, I second Patty's thought on waiting!

I'm waiting to get copyedits back so I can use that shiny new Word feature I learned about. In the mean time, working on pitch for WIP. I protest. It's really a query. I thought I was done with those things.  :sigh

Happy Revising!
#1 - May 30, 2013, 07:54 PM
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Shanny, I discovered it sort of by accident. In the version of Word I use (the one after 2003, maybe the newest one??), if you go to the Review tab, over at the far right, there's a tab called Compare. From there you can choose to either Compare or Combine. If you want to see what you've actually changed between draft 1 and draft 493, go into Compare and choose draft 1 as your source document. Then choose draft 493 as your second one. It will pull up the first document and then in red, mark all the changes made in the second. Additions, deletions, formatting, etc. Then if you shrink it all down to like, 9% on your screen, you'll see all these pages in red, and realize that why yes, you HAVE done something over all those past weeks of revision! (Whether or not you did the right things, however, I cannot tell you, alas.)
#2 - May 30, 2013, 08:04 PM

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Olmue, I empathize. There are so many times I've wondered if changes I've made are really an improvement. I definitely recommend letting it sit for a bit. You'll see your ms with fresh eyes.
#3 - May 31, 2013, 07:27 AM
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Shanny, I discovered it sort of by accident. In the version of Word I use (the one after 2003, maybe the newest one??), if you go to the Review tab, over at the far right, there's a tab called Compare. From there you can choose to either Compare or Combine. If you want to see what you've actually changed between draft 1 and draft 493, go into Compare and choose draft 1 as your source document. Then choose draft 493 as your second one. It will pull up the first document and then in red, mark all the changes made in the second. Additions, deletions, formatting, etc. Then if you shrink it all down to like, 9% on your screen, you'll see all these pages in red, and realize that why yes, you HAVE done something over all those past weeks of revision! (Whether or not you did the right things, however, I cannot tell you, alas.)
Thanks Rose I'm going to play with it! I will master Word someday, hopefully before they change it!
#4 - May 31, 2013, 08:08 PM
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Sorry, venting attack since I can't do it anywhere else. In uncle's house at 6am and can't sleep. My father and stepmum arrived last night and will be leaving Monday morning. My uncle and aunt won't be travelling from Cleveland and two of my cousins aren't here. My Gran is 90!! She is on limited time. I thought they would make more of an event. On the plus side: my chocs were a huge hit, which surprised me. And my teacher cousin read a chapter of my revision and gave a positive critique. Really sorry for this, but john is likely asleep and I don't think I should wake him. My 40th in a fortnight should be a much happier affair!
#5 - May 31, 2013, 10:58 PM

Pat - Good luck on the :snail revision. A masterpiece cannot be rushed.  :grin3  And uber good luck on patiently waiting to hear from editors.
Thundering - Vent away! Wishing you a nice (as nice as can be) stay with family.  :wine



My agent is getting doubtful about my long-awaited good news. The little pubber has been ignoring her repeated emails. They offered before I got the agent, but now seem unwilling to finalize the deal with her. *understandably confused and depressed*

#6 - June 01, 2013, 02:12 AM
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Pat - Thanks for the good wishes, and awesome job revising and :scissors: the wordcount on the scene!  :goldstar
#7 - June 01, 2013, 10:46 PM
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Laura, that's icky. I understand why you're confused and depressed. Could this be a red flag about their contracts? Maybe they're not very favorable to writers and the pub thinks an agent will ask for too many changes. In any event, :hug.
#8 - June 02, 2013, 08:08 AM
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Hi, everybody! The school year is over, and I'm flinging myself into novel revisions. In my zeal to start close to the action I may have started too late, forcing me to summarize things that should have been important story events, so I'm adding a chapter or two at the beginning. I'm also changing POV to first person. Hoping this will help me get a better grasp on my character's personality and voice.

Laura, I hope things work out with your contract!

Pat, that is a wonderfully intriguing sentence.
#9 - June 02, 2013, 05:26 PM

MGH - My agent did ask for a number of changes. Perhaps the pubber prefers un-repped authors who just sign the boilerplate contract. It looks like a round of new subs may be in my future -- but my Magic 8 Ball tells me "It's not over till it's over."

Pat -  :aah Your trimmed scene has become the Blob! That new scene's first line is a hoot! Have a great time with it!

:welcome2 Ruth - It's a summer of revisions! Your changes sound well thought-out! Good luck and keep us updated.
#10 - June 02, 2013, 10:09 PM
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Hello again, crew!
I'm popping back in here while I work on polishing the ol' manuscript.

This time around, the major changes are all done. All the work left to do is very picky cleanup type editing.
I've learned that I like doing the big rewrites better. But I am catching plenty of awkwardly worded sentences, and typos, and "streamlining" where I can.
I've got the first 10K looking pretty dang good. 50K to go. And I'd like to finish this week.
#11 - June 03, 2013, 07:03 AM

Welcome back, Ruth & Lindsey.   :fireworks

#12 - June 03, 2013, 01:08 PM
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Absolutely, Laura. Keep subbing!

*waves to Ruth and Lindsey*

Pat, I LOVE that line! :clapping  Now I'm really curious what your story is about.
#13 - June 03, 2013, 01:35 PM
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MGH - Thanks! :)
Lindsey - Welcome back! What ms is this?
#14 - June 06, 2013, 12:48 AM
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It's a hot day in leprechaun land (I'm only 5'1", I can get away with saying that!). Of course, I forgot to bring my paper with me and can't write. I did start the introduction of a new story and stored it in my mobile.
Does that count? I'm off to shade myself.
#15 - June 06, 2013, 05:42 AM

It counts, Thundering. I hope you find some shade. :)
#16 - June 07, 2013, 01:52 AM
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Lindsey - Welcome back! What ms is this?
tinkering

Middle grade steampunk. Some of you in here are familiar with it, I think  ;)
 This is the ms that got me my agent (!)
and actually, the one that started this thread (the original one. Years ago.) So that's how long I've been tinkering with this!

Made it through the first 20k this week, and then had an additional note from Ms. Awesome Agent, and so I had to go back and make some little tweaks in the first few chapters again.
 Funny how the small and careful changes are taking me much longer than the big rewrites did.

Laura -  :grouphug2: and  :crossedfingers that this contract/agent/pub situation turns out the best for you! If you got one offer, you'll get more (and better, right!)

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It counts, Thundering. I hope you find some shade. :)
Thanks Laura. No shade, sadly. This is unnatural. Ireland is not designed to be warm like this! Poor Spocktacular can't take it. He's following in Moggy's pawsteps and shading in the wardrobe.
I reached a spot of inspiration this morning and grabbed the phone before I forgot the start of a plot....sadly I forgot my mobile!
I can be a twit sometimes. Hopefully it will return to me. (the plot, obviously. Being a twit is consistent)
Hope you guys work harder than me.
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Lindsey, your news makes me happy every time I think about it. :)

My ms is still sitting (I've had houseguests this week). Hopefully when I go back to it, it will all make sense...
#19 - June 07, 2013, 07:21 AM

Yes, those little tweaks are the worst, especially when you fail to catch a mention of something you've changed.

Hope you and your kitties find a cool spot, Thundering.

Tentative plan for today: revise the next 2 chapters of the old MG. Hubby is off today, so maybe we'll do something fun when we get the car back from the shop (fingers crossed it passes inspection & doesn't need any major work.)
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I have finally finished the first revision!  :fireworks  I know I still have a lot of work to do, but this first revision was as much work as the first draft. It is such a relief to have gotten this far. When Stephen King says the first million words are practice, I totally believe him.

Laurel :goldstar
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 :yay, Pons! It's such a great feeling! I'm about mid-way through my third revision- which I'm hoping will be the last...
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which I'm hoping will be the last...

Congratulations! Someday I'll be able to say the same thing.
#23 - June 08, 2013, 03:37 PM

Lindsey - It's so cool that all your hard work got you the agent and now you're revising to go on sub. Woohoo! Even with extra tweaking, 20k in a week is awesome! And thanks for the well wishes about my bizarre offer/non-offer situation.
Olmue - Good luck diving back in after the houseguests leave. :)
Pat - YAY for good sub news! Boo for evil sub news. I hope the good outweighs the bad.  :goodluck
Ruth - I hope you had a good time with your hubby and that you get a good start on your chapters.  :clover
Laurel -  :yay It's awesome you finished the first revision - they are the worst! It'll get easier from here.
Leandra - Congats on getting to the halfway point. Good luck!  :goodluck


I hope to join you great revisers soon, but I'm still stuck in limbo. :jail
#24 - June 09, 2013, 01:07 AM
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Eh, sometimes the ol' brain just needs a break, you know?  :vacation You'll get it done!
#25 - June 09, 2013, 10:58 AM

The sparkles worked. Done with the chapter and it's now my new favorite! Better yet, my husband just announced he wants to go get ice cream.  :star2 :love5: :star2

Break time.
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it's now my new favorite!

I love when that happens.

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#27 - June 09, 2013, 05:26 PM

Better yet, my husband just announced he wants to go get ice cream.  :star2 :love5: :star2
Break time.
:dr
I go by the theory that as long as I thought about my WIP's plot/characters, that counts as working on it.  :grin3
#28 - June 09, 2013, 10:26 PM
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The story I've been working on has required tons of thinking time. When I try to rush, I end up having to revise the chapter again. I'm almost grateful that the last quarter of this book is in rough outline-ish shape instead of super fleshed out. 

The next scene is a lot of fun, so it should be easy revisionwise. At least, I hope.  :star2 :snail :star2
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Just checking in again after a week or so away from the boards. I'm pretty sure today was my last day of work for the school year! Summer has arrived! I'm still  :whistle and twiddling my thumbs waiting for my agent's thoughts on my revisions.

Lots of you are revising away!

Pons,  :yay on finishing your draft!

Pat, it sounds like you are making great progress.

Thundering, I hope you found the necessary shade to make writing comfy!

Laura, so sorry you are in limbo land. I hope you hear something soon, preferably something positive!
#30 - June 10, 2013, 05:22 PM

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