Jayme Woods

Writer. Geek. Adventurer.

Greetings from the Revision Cave!

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I’m happy to report my first draft revisions are all wrapped up. I actually finished a few days ago *just* in time to meet my self-imposed deadline – the October 8 release of The House of Hades. If you’re wondering, “deadline” means I refused to let myself buy HoH until I finished. Motivation thy name is Percy Jackson.

With the revisions now in the hands of my trusty CPs, I’ve also had a bit of time to catch up on things like scrubbing my bathroom (joy) and throwing a proper viewing party for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

If that tablecloth looks familiar, it’s because it’s the playing card from my sister's Now You See Me  party butchered into what were supposed to be checker squares. Just go with it.

If that tablecloth looks familiar, it’s because it’s the playing card from my sister’s Now You See Me party butchered into what were supposed to be checker squares. Just go with it.

Unfortunately, my brain’s still in revision mode. While watching Wonderland, all I could think was, “Man, this could’ve used some editing.” I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it. I’m sure as heck not saying I’m not tuning in next week. I think we all know I am.

What I’m getting at is this: the Wonderland pilot gave me clearer perspective on my own revisions. It was hard, painful even, to bring the ax down on some of my “darlings,” but most debut authors don’t have the benefit of an established world like Wonderland (or a franchise like Once Upon a Time). We’re inviting readers in for the first time. If we take a lengthy detour into the Mallow Marsh readers might not wait for us to get unstuck.

mallow marsh 2

Sometimes these little detours, while dear to the author, are more like speed bumps for the reader. They kill the momentum when the audience just wants to know when the heck Jafar’s going to show up.

While we’re on the topic of villains, one of the most common complaints I’ve read online is that the Red Queen on Wonderland was trying too hard to be the Evil Queen from Once Upon a Time. Don’t sell your characters short trying to make them the “next” Hermione Granger, Percy Jackson, or KHAAAAAAAN (sorry, couldn’t resist). Give us someone new to love/hate/ship.

But that’s enough shop talk for me. I’m going to enjoy the rest of these lovely white chocolate coconut bars…

If you're wondering why these aren't on a cute serving tray, it's because it is impossible to pick one up without eating it. Seriously good.

If you’re wondering why these aren’t on a cute serving tray, it’s because it is impossible to pick one up without eating it. Seriously good.

…before I hear back from my CPs and attack the Mallow Marshiest bits of my revisions with the ferocity of a feral Cheshire Cat.

Are you wrestling revisions? Did you enjoy Once Upon a Time in Wonderland? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Author: Jayme

Hi, I’m Jayme. I write MG adventures, adore glitter, and watch way too many Disney movies. If you like pirates or robots or aliens or ninjas, we’ll get along just fine.

8 thoughts on “Greetings from the Revision Cave!

  1. Congrats Jayme! *fist pump*

  2. Yep, I just sat down to wrestle with revisions, as a matter of fact. (So why am I commenting on your blog? Hmmm. Best get at it). But seriously, congratulations for getting those revisions done! That’s huge.

  3. Congrats on finishing your revisions! I haven’t watched the new series yet but I’m looking forward it it. BTW, that looks like it was an amazing viewing party, great decorations!

  4. Hi Jayme. Great post. I’m in the midst of revisions right now. I did a big revision for…”our agent” a while back, before I secured representation and now I’m tweaking a few things. No matter how many times you look at your manuscript you can always find ways to make it deeper and richer. I guess that even when a book is published authors still cringe when they read something they believe could be better.

    Not watching Wonderland. I saw most of the first season of Once Upon a Time, but never finished it. I did like it though. Good luck with finishing up that revision and sending it out into the world.

    • I know exactly what you mean. No matter how happy I am with a manuscript it seems childish after I finish the next one. I guess that’s a sign I’m still growing and learning. 🙂

      Wonderland is off to a slow start, but hopefully it will pick up. Good luck to you as well!

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