Monday, February 12, 2007

Masks--Not Zombie, but Scary

On Saturday I got comments on Masks. As always, I'm inspired to write like mad when I get comments. The urge to fix the rough spots and exploit missed opportunities is intense, especially on a draft that's close to good enough to send out. Most of the time a draft like that has gone through one ground-breaking, completely revising edit and then a polishing edit. Not Masks. This is an edit that's tearing the manuscript apart and inserting all new material. The good news is that it should read 'fresh'. Overworking a manuscript beats all the life and vigor from it and you're often left with a zombie-like shadow of the passionate idea that started you writing on it in the first place. The scary news is that since I don't have a complete draft to work with, I'm writing on the fly with this semi-polished draft and I don't know if it's going to take me good places or if I'll end up writing myself into a bad corner.

But I laugh in the face of scary. Ha ha ha!

I just better get it done before the end of the year, or else ...


Ris said...


Just being helpful! Thought I'd throw the occasional taunt at you to help keep you focused!

KamiZM said...

Thanks! Hee. It's been on my mind a lot lately, because I know we're very likely to replace Gypsy this year, though more likely toward the end of the year rather than the beginning, alas.