Last time I did a major revision, I talked about some things I was focusing on. I thought it would be fun to do that again. (Yup, this is my idea of fun.)
Here’s what I’ve been working on as I revise Book 2:
One of the things that was fundamental to Book 1 was the humor. This wasn’t just a fantasy; it was a funny fantasy. So I’ve been working a lot on weaving in wacky characters, unexpected scenarios, and my main character’s snarky tidbits. One thing I have to be careful of is making Jenny too sarcastic, since that can start to come off as whiny or obnoxious.
Based on two beta readers’ feedback, I knew I had to slow down the action in certain parts of the story. Some people have the issue of making action-packed scenes too slow, but I have a tendency to rush through them because I’m afraid they’re boring. So I’ve had to go back over those parts and work in details to help ground the reader, and be more specific about the characters’ actions. That way, the reader will be able to really envision the scene and be right there with Jenny.
Related to pacing, I’ve been looking at the length of each chapter, making sure there aren’t any super long ones that will bog down the pace. I found a couple chapters that were twice the length of the others, so I tried to chop them up to help move things along. I’ve also been paying special attention to how each chapter starts and ends, since I want the reader to be excited to keep turning the page.
It always takes me a long time to flesh out my minor characters. I tend to know a lot more about them than what makes it onto the page, primarily because I don’t want to focus on them so much that it detracts from the story. Right now, though, I feel like I’m under-utilizing my minor characters, so I’ve been trying to figure out how best to weave them into the story. I don’t want them to simply have walk-on parts. I want each character, no matter how minor, to have a real purpose in the story. Easy, right? Yeah…
How are you doing with your WIP? Anyone else riding the revision train?