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December 4th, 2004 (08:14 am)

Woo-Hoo! And the next Christmas card is here! Thank you, empressvesica! And why can't I find cards like that?!!?

And while I'm at it, how do you do those paragraph lines in your LiveJournal? [/totallyjealous]

Anyhow, for those of you wrapping up NaNoWriMon, here's the great Neil Gaiman on rewriting :

What I try and do is:

1) Finish it.

2) Put it away. Drawers are good. Don't look at it for a week or so.

3) Read the whole thing, doing my best to pretend that I've never read it before.

4) Fix the big things. (These tend to be things that pop out at you when you read it, like noticing that you've led up to the prison escape, and then meeting the prisoners after they've escaped, and realising that it might really have been a good idea to write the escape. Or that the first chapter would really work better as chapter 5.)

5) Read it through page by page and fix the line by line things. Notice that Omar mysteriously becomes Mustapha on page 50 and stays Mustapha until page 90 when he becomes Mustafa. Pick one and make it consistent. Wonder whether anyone will notice that you've put Paris in Belgium. Decide to leave it there, on the basis that no-one will notice.

6) Get up in the middle of the night and move Paris back to France.

Does that help?

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Posted by: Cady (cadence_k)
Posted at: December 4th, 2004 12:40 am (UTC)

6) Get up in the middle of the night and move Paris back to France.

That cracks me up for some reason.

Posted by: The itsy-bitsy spider (annibug)
Posted at: December 4th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
Calvin - It wasn't me

*giggles* This is just what I needed to read to get me back in the mindset of dealing with my NaNo novel. Thanks!

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: December 4th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC)

And while I'm at it, how do you do those paragraph lines in your LiveJournal? [/totallyjealous]

I know you asked Vesica the question, but the answer is the horizontal rule HTML tag: < hr > (only take out the spaces between the angle brackets and the letters).

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: December 4th, 2004 06:43 am (UTC)
Alice - Excuse Me? [icons_erased]

*thunder is totally stolen*

*remains thunder-less*

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: December 4th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)

I know, I know.

I suck as a human being.

I've already gotten the memo.

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: December 4th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)

*pat pat* 'Is okay. I didn't need that thunder anyway; it made my hips look big.

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: December 4th, 2004 06:46 am (UTC)
Faith - Stars [adharita]

It got there!! Woot! Yeah, I loved those cards when I saw them. Too funny. I looked at that Jewish one that I posted on my LJ and there was another one with this cute blonde chick in green velvet and a devilish smirk that said something like 'between the eggnog and the mistletoe, she was sure she'd get lucky this year' and inside said something about 'may all your holiday wishes come true'. It seemed a bit much. :)

Since you can still type I assume you weren't blinded by sparkly blue ink. *relieved*

Posted by: Debbie (chaddee)
Posted at: December 10th, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)

yep, paris is *still* in france ;-)

Congrats on finishing a nanowrimo...

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