Monday, March 22, 2010

April is MyNoReMo - And You're Invited!

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For me, doing final revisions on a novel manuscript and getting it out the door is akin to wrestling an alligator. I figure the only way I'm going to get it done is by setting a deadline. So that's what I've done. I'm declaring April to be My Novel Revision Month and inviting all and sundry to join me.

I've yet to work out the details - like how to measure progress and keep on track throughout the month - but I'll figure something out before April 1 (and I'm certainly open to suggestions). All I know for sure is I'll have that pesky manuscript revised and ready to send somewhere on May Day.

So how about it? Do you have a not-quite-finished novel lurking in a drawer, or maybe on your hard drive? Do you long to have done with that sucker and unleash it upon the world? Then let me know. Make April your MyNoReMo too. Let's see how many alligators we can whip.  (Note to the ASPCA: No actual alligators will be harmed in the performance of these revisions.)

9 comments:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I'm a definite maybe. I have an old ms that needs a lot of revision and I'm feeling the need to do it.

David Cranmer said...

Sounds like a worthwhile endeavor.

R. T. said...

Here is something worth reading prior to your MyNoReMo ordeals, especially the part about revising 1000+ pages down to 200 pages. In my experience, the writing is the easy part. The revising is the hard part. All the best to you.

Evan Lewis said...

I've read that ms, Cap'n, and it ain't far from being ready.

The MyNoReMo Administrator (Davy) has granted you (David) special dispensation to work on a Cash Laramie novel during April without necessarily finishing a revision, provided he gets to read it someday.

Thanks, R.T. That's good stuff.

Richard Robinson said...

Best of luck with that, Evan, I hope your accomplishment exceeds your expectation. I hope the work won't slow your blogging down too much, but if it does, we'll understand.

Evan Lewis said...

It will probably improve my posts, Rick. There'll be plenty of pictures, with fewer words getting in the way.

Kassandra said...

I'm in. I have a novel with revisions growing like mushrooms in the dark. Or maybe, let's say sparkling possibilities of hope and expectation. Whatever. The darn thing is getting less done with every passing day. I could use some alligators.

Evan Lewis said...

Yes, a sprinkling of alligators is a sure-fire way to improve any novel. (Just ask Bill Crider.)

Zipper said...

Purrrfect. Just what I need to finish the pesky historical mystery that's been hanging about my neck like the proverbial albatross