On Sunday, our RWA chapter had its meeting and Julianne MacLean did a workshop on The Power of the Rewrite. It was fab. I came away feeling like perhaps she hadn't "fixed" my current mess in progress, but she helped me understand WHY it hadn't worked and so hopefully I can avoid that in the future.
My CP is also incredibly lovely and sent me a prezzie - a copy of The Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon. I'm only a bit of the way in, but already it is echoing some of what Julianne spoke of and so I think I might be on to something.
THEN I opened up my latest chapter to revise (again) and it was like someone turned on a switch, backlighting all the weak spots. And that is way cool. Suddenly I SEE things. And I understand WHY, more importantly. When I sent a quick note to my CP, I am sure she laughed her butt off. Because she tried to tell me and I just couldn't get it and I was getting SO frustrated. It just goes to show that sometimes it just takes as long as it takes for the light to go on. I was feeling a lot of pressure - thinking I should KNOW things after doing this for so long. I mean I'm no veteran but I'm in my fifth year of writing for publication and this is...book 15 I think?
Now I feel better because I know I will probably make the same mistakes in rough draft form but hopefully will be smart enough to fix them. To apply what I've clued into. And I still have the majority of the Manuscript Makeover to get through.
And it is infinitely easier to see it in someone else's work and not your own.