My current work-in-progress is at that first revision stage. The first draft is done, that initial feeling of accomplishment gone, now its time to get to work.
My biggest dilemma with revisions is knowing what to cut, what to keep, and what to re-word. (I know, sounds like all revisions, right?) But this time, in addition to chopping away at my many extra adjectives and scenes, I’m also going to be adding quite a bit – a new experience for me when it comes to first-round revisions. With my last manuscript, I cut over 10,000 words in the first-round revision. This time, I’ll be adding almost that much.
World-building is the key. I know this thanks to my wonderful agent, Joanna. It’s not enough to simply allude to a main character’s inspiring relationship or influential past. It needs to be illustrated enough to provide the reader a realistic motivation behind my main character’s actions.
So that’s what I’ll be doing today – world-building. In as few, concise words as possible. Of course, if I go overboard on the descriptions again, it won’t be that bad. After all, there’s always those second-round revisions to consider:)