So yesterday the revision of A Cornish House began in earnest. I know I have many things to address, but on day one I wanted to be able to say I had achieved something...anything really. So I tackled Scene One. This consisted of first reading it in hard copy (just over four pages) and addressing anything that hit me in the face - and yes there were plenty. Next I inputted those changes and printed again. For my second go through I wanted to narrow the focus on my verbs, yes my verbs. See photo. I highlighted them. This helped my easily distractable mind to FOCUS. So then I asked myself these questions:
1. Any obvious repetition?
-answer yes, need appears far too much
2. Needless/Lazy use of 'to be'
-Yup (it's the Irish in me, I swear)
4. Are they the best verbs for the job?
-yes and no
5. Finally looking at them as a group do they help convey the point of the scene?
-interestingly for me the answer was an overwhelming yes
So the question for today is - have you ever done this and has it helped? BTW I did another two passes through of the scene and that's it done and dusted until the final read through - I think....