I’ve been writing on the train for a couple of weeks now and I thought it was about time I gave you an update on how I’m going.
At first, as I mentioned in a previous entry – I Wrote Today…On the Train, I felt strange about the entire thing, but that strangeness only lasted a couple of days. Now, mainly because I’ve changed where I sit so I feel less conspicuous, I write to my heart’s content. I usually manage an hour and a half (or a little more) each day, which is working extremely well.
It took me a little while to get used to the keyboard on the Aspire One, but that hurdle has also been crossed.
I’ve been working on Mirror Image. You might remember that I had decided in a moment of genius to separate my manuscript into individual storylines. My intension was to concentrate purely on one individual at a time. It’s the first time I’ve done this with a manuscript so I wasn’t entirely sure how it would work out. Mirror Image was the perfect story to experiment on though, as each character’s storyline really needs to be separate and clearly defined. I think editing in this way was a success (for this story). However, I believe trying to do this for my other manuscripts might prove too hard.
Anyway, I completed all the storyline editing and yesterday morning I spent the entire train trip merging them back together. Now that was hard…and time consuming! Luckily, I used the original draft as a guide but it meant a lot of copying and pasting between eight files. I was fully aware that an error could easily be made so I took my time and tried to remain focused.
This morning, as a precaution I compared the first draft manuscript and the latest draft…and discovered no errors! Working systematically as I did was the key.
My original plan was to read the full manuscript now and edit as I go, but another part of me would love to see the manuscript printed so that it can be read it that way instead.
What to do?
I think I’d be better off sticking to my plan and doing a read and edit on the computer first. It’s the sensible thing to do as I know I will need to smooth out the transitions between scenes, so why waste the paper? I’ll do what needs to be done and then I’ll have a “cleaner” printed manuscript later.