Thursday, April 14, 2011

Revision Central

My role as Attila-the -mum is working. I feel awful when the boys tell me they want to go to the gym to escape. My body is in revolt...five days in a row at the gym...However it has to be done - both the gym and the revision.

But for me this is a weird time....I know my revisions are coming but I don't know what they are. I have been on a huge high and now find myself in limbo. I don't want to touch A CORNISH HOUSE. I haven't read the script since I completed the changes that my agent wanted. This I think is good because as always before I go in for revisions...distance is good-any distance.

So while the boys are sweating blood around the dinning table I have been looking at story structure. Here's a brilliant link Screenplay Mastery by Michael Hauge. PENDEROWN has balance issues because I am working with two heroines and AUGUST  ROCK is reasonably okay but I need to heighten one of the key turning points. What I need to do is just focus on one of them or begin something entirely new....as suggested on Twitter...It was a dark and stormy night when...

7 comments:

catdownunder said...

Yes, I just hate it when I reach the point where I have to carefully stroke all those words into exactly the right places. I find myself holding my breath and hoping I do not sneeze!

liz fenwick said...

Cat - it's a tricky business - word herding :-)
lx

Janice Horton said...

It's the same in our house at the moment, Liz. Sons are back from Uni to work on dissertation & revisions. My role in it all is to keep the fridge well stocked! I'm hoping to get some serious writing done - but where - I might have to sit in the greenhouse to do it...

liz fenwick said...

Keeping the fridge stocked is a full time job!!! Good luck.
lx

Liz Harris said...

I'm so glad that that I no longer have to deal with revisions and the like. Mega sympathy.

DH and I occasionally quote a question asked by DS2 when he was 17 (he's now 30), as a way of reminding ourselves of the despairing, hair-pulling-out time when we used to stand above the boys, figurative swords raised.

'How many fs in graphics?' he asked.

Liz x

Debs Carr said...

Your boys look hard at work there. My son makes the most of me being out at work and tends to spend a lot of time sleeping. I have a sneaky feeling he gets up just before I get home and then does the revision.

Good luck with your revisions Liz. I can't wait to read A Cornish House when it comes out.

Melanie said...

I had the pleasure of attending a Michael Hauge workshop in Ottawa last September. It was quite an experience.