Revisions in the Computer Age

The revisions on TCH are going, but very slowly. I’m so glad this isn’t the story in the submission phase. It’s important for me to fix this one, though. It was the first story I ever wrote, but then it became the third in the series when I wrote two prequels to it. And TCH has great characters, an intriguing plot, and will someday be a very worthwhile read (at least I believe) so I can’t tuck it into the furthest recesses of my hard drive and forget it.

Do you have any idea how tedious it is to read through 131,000 words, cut and paste all the POV hopping to a new document, then highlight said cut text in blue for the hero and pink for the heroine? All this must be done while fixing the surrounding scene so that it makes sense, then feed back into the story the pertinent information from what was cut, AND change it to the relevant POV? Good Lord, it’s confusing.

I’m tired of clicking, but I’ll take that any day over re-typing entire pages on a manual typewriter. Can you imagine how long it took pre-typewriter writers to write, especially when they wrote with quills on lambskin parchment? GOR! Just think about the ancient Egyptians carefully chiseling into stone tablets–or on walls. I can hear the cussing now when a misplaced gouge ruins the entire meaning of the hieroglyphs and the scribe has to start all over.

I think I’ll not complain about clicking anymore.

Lis’Anne

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5 thoughts on “Revisions in the Computer Age

  1. Oh, Lis’Anne! Your blog took me back! Way back. To the days when I didn’t even have a computer and wrote longhand, and then typed my pieces out on a real typewriter. (Wonder what ever happened to that thing…)

    Then I got a computer, but still wrote longhand because I couldn’t compose while staring at an accusatory cursor that reminded me to …dosomething..dosomething..dosomething..don’tjustsitthere..dosometing. Oh, the pressure!

    But then I discovered miraculous features, like cut and paste, highlighting, saving different versions of the same work, and my favorite – ‘find and replace’ (known in my house as ‘search and destroy’).

    When I realized I could change the heroine’s name half way through the story, or that I’d made a mistake about some obscure place or fact, and just fix it with a single click on ‘change all’ – well, I was converted. There was no going back. Now I can still write longhand in airports or doctor’s offices if I don’t have my laptop with me, but I can’t wait to get home and dump it all into my computer.

    But I’m not totally converted. I still love my pens, pencils, tablets, highlighters, post-its, and index cards! I’ll always be an office supply geek.

    Ah, thanks for the memories… Gail

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  2. Gail? Is that you? 🙂 I’m waving my cyber hand to ya all the way up in Montana! After this horrid, harsh winter aren’t you wishing you were back in the relative warmth? 🙂 Your Jax chapter sure does miss you–I miss you!

    I’m glad my rant–I mean post–brought back memories of a long forgotten era. I would say those were the good old days, but I only wrote one short, short story long-hand. My cursive is so atrocious I gave it up. Now when I absolutely have to grab a pen I print everything.

    I do love office supplies, though. 🙂 Don’t even let me anywhere near Office Depot!

    It’s so wonderful to hear from you. Stop by often!

    Lis’Anne

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  3. Hey, I just did the highlight with pink and blue on my WIP POVs this morning. Then I read that you’ve done the same thing to help you with your plotting. Wow. That is just too Blogincidental.

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  4. Hello Eden,

    Glad you dropped in to take a gander at my ramblings. I was using the blue and pink to highlight my hero and heroine’s POVs because of a bad case of head-hopping. Thank heavens TCH needs no plotting help or I’d probably just chuck the story and move on.

    Catch ya on the loop, chicky-chick!

    Lis’Anne

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