My husband has spent most of June and July's work weeks on the road. Last Thursday he returned from a long week of driving and visiting his employees with his boss in tow. After dinner that night, he simply got up from the table and walked out the door. I watched his back as he retreated down the sidewalk and into the neighborhood. My son asked, "What's wrong with Dad?"
|My good friends Elizabeth and Joel.|
When you put aside a manuscript, it doesn't go on without you too well. It remains there with unresolved issues, awkward sentences and all, just waiting for your expertise. Getting reacquainted with a set-aside manuscript takes some work. And even if you take the time to reread what you've already written, it still may look back at you and say, "I didn't notice you were gone."
Here are a few suggestions for reviving a work in progress:
- Introduce a new character
- Implement a new storyline
- Take a chapter and rewrite it from another character's point of view
- Change a decision a character made--if he said no to a job offer, make him say yes
- Add a prologue, preferably from a different time period than the rest of the manuscript
- If you already have a prologue, consider incorporating that scene into your manuscript, thereby eliminating it as such
- Change a character's name, personality, motivation, hair color, back-story, etc.
- Take a major scene and really amp up the conflict
- Write a sex scene involving your main character--even if it doesn't belong and you'll toss it immediately
- Take a scene you've written and rewrite it taking place in a different location
Any other suggestions from those of you who have resuscitated a manuscript?