The Trenches of Revision, Part VII

“Trenches” is probably the wrong term here. XIII: Antistrophe (the middle part of the series, and the longest) is proving to be quite fun to revise. It’s an urban fantasy story, so I can really use my imagination with what happens.

What I’m Enjoying:

1. The characters. They make me laugh. Sometimes I even feel like they’re real.
2. Getting rid of boring parts, gratuitous sex scenes, and inconsistencies. (It’s fun to hack and slash!)
3. Adding transitions so the story is less choppy.

What I’m Having Trouble With:

1. Keeping events from happening randomly. I’m trying to give the characters a concrete reason and motivation for doing what they do.
2. Preventing a deus ex machina at the end.

I think that, as with previous drafts of this story, the more I work with it, the more everything will fall into place and start to make more sense. I can usually go back and tweak a few things if the story seems to be unraveling or going off on a tangent. But all in all, I think I’ll definitely have a much tighter, more interesting story when all is said and done. Confidence!

14 thoughts on “The Trenches of Revision, Part VII

  1. Urban fastasy? I’m curious already. Can you elucidate a bit?

    Also, the occasional gratuitous sex scene can help keep your characters happy and cooperative. Which is a good thing. 🙂


    1. Urban fantasy is fantasy set in contemporary times (typically in a city), but with supernatural elements.


            1. Holly Black’s Tithe – even though it’s considered more fantasy than urban fantasy
              Charles de Lint’s The Blue Girl

              Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series is supposed to be good, but I believe it has some vampires and werewolves in it. I think it’s mostly about demons, though.


  2. I love revising work because I think that’s when things really start to happen and come together – which is probably why you’re have fun! I’m very jealous.


    1. I’ve been working on this particular story for almost 7 years now, so it took quite a while… and I’m still nowhere near finished!


  3. As much as writers tend to bitch about revising, I actually kinda like it, and it sounds like you do, too! Sure, it isn’t always easy, but it’s so much fun to watch a story mature.

    In response to Anthony Lee Collins’s request for examples without vampires, one of my favorite YA urban fantasies is Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. Werewolves. More werewolves with Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, which is also a romance (your latest post says you’re a fan of romances, right, Maggie?).

    I like your format for keeping people posted on your revisions; maybe I’ll borrow it sometime (crediting you, of course).

    It’s late. I’m rambling. That’s all.


    1. Yes, the Maggie Stiefvater books are all very good. (The romance was the main attraction for me!)

      Borrow away! Thanks, Beth!


  4. I am so loving your thoughts about revising. Mine, lately, have been like treading the same path so often that it becomes a trench. But it’s what we wind up with that counts, yes? Deus ex…I think the cure for that is to find the ending out of what came before it…it’s in there. You’d be surprised!


    1. Why thank you! I’m trying to force my characters to find a solution within themselves, even if it’s an imperfect solution. Nobody’s perfect, not even characters. What counts is that they’ve changed at the end of the story.


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