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250!

I hit 250 last night--after realizing that I was in fact on page 253 and had passed 250...
So what's going on now? -Chapter 27. Present day. Boston. -First word on 250 is #65, 389 of 80, 114 -Last word is #65, 642 of 80, 114 First sentence: "Lord knows. Maybe we should look up 'voodoo priestess'." Last sentence: I hit the icon for Google and type in "voodoo priestess," "Boston." Why not? Word tells me I'm at 308 pages.

Dialogue

I write awesome dialogue. I'm not going to be falsely modest about it. My first writing professor in college told me "Your dialogue's great!" I was reading one of my intern manuscript deals on Tuesday and while the narrative had that elegiac tone you read in literary fiction--at times--the dialogue? Not natural. Too long. Too wordy. Too..."literate writer who obviously crafted this."
During the Columbia writing program, dialogue was discussed often--since one of our assignments was to write a short scene, which obviously means dialogue. 1) It can't be like real life talk because that rarely makes sense and small talk is not fun to read. 2) It can't be too overly crafted because it takes the reader out of the piece and it won't read well (if it's a scene) and you start thinking 'who the fuck speaks like that?' 3) It has to move the plot along. 4) Subtext would be nice. 5) Has to say something about the character.
My personal pet dialog…

200

I just finished my 200th revised page.
So, what is going on by page 200?
-Chapter 18. Flashback, late 1999. Something tragic has happened and it brings Brix and Eva close together. Takes place in New Orleans. -Last word on page 200 is #53, 347 of 80, 367 words -First sentence of 200: I felt cheated then. -Last sentence of 200 is dialogue. Eva: "Your dad was so kind, Brix."
Another...oh, hundred or so pages to go.

150

Just hit page 150 of book revision. I'm going by little milestones and this means another 50 pages that I've read, pulled apart, added to, felt, cried over (no, seriously--cried over), and rewritten.

Current stats:
-Chapter 14 is a present-day chapter from Eva's POV. 150 is the middle of an intense scene (dare I say, the climax) between her and Brix. Takes place in Brix's restaurant's kitchen. -Word says that the entire document is 299 pages, but it's not all formatted correctly yet, so who really knows? But still--that's almost 300 pages. -The last word on Page 150 is word # 39, 883 of 78 592 words.
First sentence of 150: "I think I had a blue bra on 'cause I remember wearing blue that day," I said.
Last sentence of 150: "Yeah, Captain Obvious," he says. "Sorry. Go on."
And in another bit of not-important-news, I read a truly awful ms. last night. Freaking awful. Characters flat. Pompous prose. No hint of scenes or in…

"Words, words, words."

Just perusing around on the blogs today--one of my favorite romance authors has a new book coming out tomorrow, which I should hopefully receive and devour in the next week--and found this post about revision.


Hello Spring!

It's a beautiful day here in Queens and I'm taking some time out of reading a book proposal to write this blog. God, I'm a nerd. I mean, who thinks that writing is a break from reading?
It's part of my internship with a literary agency. I have a password to email accounts, in which there are labels for things that the office would like me to read/ give an opinion on. It's right up my alley, is good experience for an aspiring editor (not to mention that identifying other peoples' problems is always good practice to seeing your own), gives me something to do, and I can do it from home. Go paperless!
Rest assured, I'm still revising--I've reached Eva and Brix in New Orleans, the early days, plus the reveal of how exactly Eva's mother died...
Back to reading.