I am someone who loves revision, so it is surprising to me how difficult my current re-writes have been.
I need to up the tension in my girls’ club mid-grade novel. For weeks, I’ve shot emails to my agent, suggesting things that I could do to tweak the story. Most of her responses have been similar:
Great idea for a sub-plot, you’re getting closer, but this isn’t the big turning point you need (and I know you’ll be able to find “it”).
I think I’ve found “it,” the big event I need to stick in. As for the writing, I’ll spend a couple of hours deleting more than I’ve written, painstakingly adding fifty or so words. Things are slow going around here. There are other stories I’d rather be working with right now, but this is where my focus needs to be.
Anyone else currently working on revision? What’s your keep-going strategy?