Monday, August 10, 2009

Ta-Da! Ain't she pretty?









This was my final bits of revision this last round.







Method Review:

I wrote all the scenes that I had already written on white strips of paper



then I wrote all the scenes I needed to inject on blue post-its



I laid out the finished scenes and it was easy to see how and where I could fit in the new revisions.



This method worked well for me because it allowed me to wrap my brain around what I was doing. I write best in scenes and this really plays into that method.



Note: this pic only shows the last 60 or so pages of the novel. I did it in chunks like this to make it more manageable.



Anyway...after several nights clicking away at the keyboard,



I'd like to present to you, my dear blogging/writing friends:



My finished, notated, cover letter-ed, rubber-banded, revised manuscript ready to be sent off to super-agent-dude.













Ain't she pretty?



don't misunderstand, I am fully aware that more revisions will lie ahead, but this round is done.



Who'll join me for a big wa-hoo?!?!?!?!?!

*

32 comments:

Crystal said...

Congratulations, Tess! That is a HUGE accomplishment! Tess, I write, or rather revise, in scenes, too. I've got scenes written on different pieces of paper just waiting to be incorporated into the rest of the manuscript. But I've never laid it out; that's a good idea.

I'm crossing my fingers (and toes!) and wishing you the best of luck for a speedy sale!

WHOO-HOO!! :)

Tess said...

Thanks, Crystal. How interesting that we both think in scenes...you know what they say about great minds, right??? hehe

It's not going to submission yet, I think (who knows, this is all new to me)I'll get feedback on the revisions that I've done this round, then I'll do some tweaking, then send back to him.....

then, maybe, if he likes the changes, we'll go for another round of submissions.

Paige said...

Wa-Hoo! You deserve a nice lunch out, after all that hard work. Just finishing seems like SUCH an accomplishment!

Jody Hedlund said...

Love that idea of putting scenes on slips! I'm tucking that idea away because I'm sure I will need to make major revisions too at some point!

Lynnette Labelle said...

That's fantastic! What are the little blue stickies for?

If you happen to know a romance writer (or someone who writes adult fiction with romantic elements), send them to my blog. We have an opening in our critique group. Thanks.

Lynnette Labelle
http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

Scott said...

WA-HOO!

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Waa Hoo! Looks like hard work and work that will be worth it. Way to go. I love how you think! I love your posts. Keep us updated.

~ Wendy

FictionGroupie said...

Congrats! That's awesome.

Novice Writer Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!! That's so exciting!

TereLiz said...

Wahoo! Looks like you've put in a lot of hard work. I hope some day to walk a mile in your shoes, Tess. I only hope I handle it as well as you! ;)

TereLiz said...

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!!!

http://lesserkey.blogspot.com/2009/08/gift-that-keeps-on-giving.html

Tess said...

Paige - thanks! it was a bit of work, and I'm already tweaking it again, but it will hopefully get there soon.

Jody - I found it really helpful this time...hope it works as well for you someday :)

Lynette - on the finished ms? those are the post it tabs showing my agent where the changes are.

Scott, Wendy, Fiction Groupie, NWA: thanks for the wa-hoo! it helps to have a little celebratory moment before starting the next revision round.

TereLiz - so nice of you to say and, thanks!!!

Danyelle said...

*fireworks and confetti*

Congratulations, Tess!

MG Higgins said...

Wahoo and yahoo! Your manuscript is indeed gorgeous. Love the little paper idea.

Amanda J. said...

Woot, that's awesome!! She's gorgeous! Congratulations.

Now take a well deserved break; kick back, relax, and enjoy all that free time you'll have...or you could just write some more. :P But seriously, you should celebrate. With cookies. :D

PJ Hoover said...

Awesome! I'm totally impressed!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh my goodness, I am impressed. It looks so tidy and perfect in its little rubber bands. This is indeed an accomplishment to savor and reward yourself for. Way to go! *smiles and smiles*

Tina Lee said...

I love to read other writers process. So systematic. I am impressed. Love the visuals too.

storyqueen said...

There's something so wonderful about that stack of white paper.......stuff dreams are made of....

WA-HOO!


Shelley

Christopher Goodwine said...

Hi.

*clears throat*

Wa-hoo! That's a fine-lookin' manuscript.

JKB said...

YAY

Congratulations!!!

Yunaleska said...

Whoohoo! That looks such a beautiful manuscript ;) Must be awesome to have an agent.

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Wooo! Congrats on finishing the latest round of revisions! Love the pics too!

Jennifer Shirk said...

WOO-HOO!!! Congrats! :)

Jill Kemerer said...

She's beautiful, Tess!! Congratulations!! Doesn't it feel awesome? Go ahead, go to the store and buy the big bag of M&M's. You deserve it!

Sarah said...

CONGRATS! Wonderful, wonderful news.

(And I love the color coded slips for scenes! I'm going to use that myself.)

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Amanda J. said...

I gives you an award! hehe :P

http://acjblogger.blogspot.com/2009/08/kreative-blogger-award-d.html

dellgirl said...

I will join you for a big wa-hoo?!?!?!?!?! Congratulations on getting that done! I love your method, seems a lot more fun than the usual method.

Great photos, very easy to understand.

Tess said...

thanks, friends. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and celebrate. It's way more fun when you share the good moments.

Alex Moore said...

nicely done! congrats on all the hard work AND the awesome attitude :) best of luck w/ future edits & endeavors...

Sharon aka Sapphire said...

I'd like to give a short toast to commemorate this momment...

Would everyone raise their glass (of something really expensive) to our dear friend Tess? Thank you. As you ship your baby off to your superhero agent, we wish you good fortune. May your superhero agent find the perfect home for the Love family. Congratulations Tess!