After almost four months of blood, sweat, and tears with the HTRYN class, the real work has finally begun: the actual, hands-on revision. (Cue butterflies in the stomach. Big ones.) I almost had a panic attack before starting, but eventually I calmed down and got a grip. The first scene was technically a new scene—it was one I lost in the computer mishap—so I had to re-write it, as well as the second scene. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, though.
I’m not trying to get too ambitious, but I’d like to have this revision pass done in four weeks. Not entirely unreasonable, considering there’s about 125 scenes. Some of them (a few), will only require minor work, but there are a lot of new scenes to be written—including the chunk at the end that I lost.
Judging from the marked-up pages I’ve already been through, I don’t think I’m going to have any “perfect” pages (ones that don’t need any changes). Stressful and intimidating, but at least it has begun.