It’s been an age since I started working on the paper print-out of my 140,000 word manuscript (it’s so loooooong). Printed, it was about 253 printed pages SINGLE SPACED (because trees!) but printed single-sided (because not trees?). Two dried out highlighters and four packs of sticky tabs later, and you have a monster of a beast of a marked up manuscript.
Among the changes:
- An added character
- A more-present character
- A shift in motives
- A LOT of extraneous words harshly stricken from record via pink highlighter.
- A couple chapters merged
- A couple chapters split
- Less beige
- Some scenes buried in the backyard (underneath a grave of pink highlighters)
Now what? I need to put all these changes into the computer version. This will require time and effort. There are two roads to go down here:
- Like an automaton programmed with blind goals, input the changes. The goal here is speed and efficiency.
- Spend the time making the changes but also looking for more changes to make. The goal here is change.
Pick option 1 if making electronic changes just isn’t in the cards.
Pick option 2 if the hard copy changes felt “on the verge” of bigger changes.
Pick secret option 3 of lighting it all on fire if nihilism was brewed instead of coffee.