Revision, Part III

In this revision update we’ll talk about time. As in, I don’t have that much time to revise, but time is of the essence and I need to make the time to get the revising done. After all, I have an agent who asked for pages and said I could send them when I was done revising. UGH. That’s all I have to say about that.

Not really, though. I always have more to say and I’ll probably say it in several different ways, deftly strewn over several different sentences. (We’ll see.) What’s true is that with the fall semester upon us, my routine has changed. And the number of complete hours I have to revise is different than what I had in the summer or last spring. Minutes need to be used wisely, and while we’re only one week into said semester, I think I’m making some progress on this road to revision. All thanks to Google Docs.

That’s because I’ve uploaded After We’ve Fallen onto the Drive and no matter what computer I’m at—in the lab, in my cubicle, or in the classroom before lecture—I pull the document up and try to pick up revising right where I left off. Sometimes, it takes a few minutes to get back into revision mode, and I stumble over words and phrases or have to remember exactly what I’d been fixing. But I know people can write a book in ten minutes a day (after all, I am a part of the group called 10 Minute Novelists), so I’m hoping that a person can revise a book in that same amount of time.

But wait! There’s more! I have a second tactic up my sleeve. Thanks to the talented, funny, and lovely Erin Flanagan, I now have a writing schedule (it’s pretty much a LIFE schedule) posted to my refrigerator and my cubicle wall. We met last week and put together a list of writing goals and a schedule and at the top of that list is revising in those small chunks. Erin will be expecting me to hand over a copy of After We’ve Fallen to her on October 30.

And so, I’ve made the executive decision that this will be my last post until November 1. You all know how to find me if you need me.

Happy Writing! See you in a few months.


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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.