tick tock … tick tock …

I’m doing tick-tock work on the manuscript.

You know how, twice a year, you get up and re-set your clocks? Either an hour forward or an hour backward, right? In a novel re-write, it’s the same thing. You slog slowly through the manuscript and look for places where the clocks are off. Where you’ve added or deleted a scene and, subsequently, your clocks or your calendars are off.

It says 9 p.m. on page 94 but 11:30 p.m. on page 96. What happened? Time travel? Nope. You deleted a scene in between. So now you gotta ask yourself: Do I change the 9 p.m. on page 94 (which means changes on pages 90, 84, 80… maybe more) or do you change the 11:30 p.m. on page 96 (which will mean changes to pages 102, 111, 114, etc.).

This is not the glamorous portion of being a novelist.

I helped my friend John The Physicist build a fence one time by digging post holes. This is a whole lot like that.

Tick tock. Tick tock….


About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on December 20, 2010, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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