A rewrite’s first-through
So, having got my life, house, and correspondence more or less up to date (which is pretty good considering 3 weeks away generally leads to 3 weeksâ€™ catch-up) I picked up The Language of Bees and began to read.
I always begin this first-read process swearing I will do it without a pencil in hand, just a fast read-through to judge the story, the pace, the overall quality of the plot and characters.
Uh huh, right. I got to the end of the first page before my itching fingers finally grabbed a pencil and wrote at the top of the page, Needs to grab.
And so it goes, with a burst of quick-read for a few paragraphs until I come to one that cries out for reworking, for making it clearer or smoother or for working in some point that leads up to a later revelationâ€¦
Until I figure out how to read with my hands tied behind my back, Iâ€™m doomed to fiddle. I can only hope that the fiddling doesnâ€™t get in the way of my perception of the larger issues…