Writing Wrongs

November 13, 2006

So I’m inching through the revision. I reached the end of the “blue” edit this weekend. I really want to run the entire book through ReadPlease. It’s how I check for typos and flow. I also rearranged the chapters. With all the adding and subtracting, I had one chapter that was five pages long and another that was forty.

I also have to write the remaining portion of the “guide” part for most of the chapters. I’m trying to keep in mind the “theme” for each chapter (or at least major events). The guide excerpt doesn’t have to match the chapter. It could be the complete opposite of what’s going.

Plus, each excerpt has to read as though written by the cheerleading coach. It should be funny/ironic and yet sound like it was written by an actual person--an overly peppy person who likes to encourage everyone to let their school spirit shine, but a real person nevertheless. And short. Each segment needs to be really short, which is a blessing and a curse.

So far, I’ve come up with insights such as: there is no “i” in cheerleader (well, there isn’t) and the rest of the squad has your back (for a chapter where they so do not).

Still, I’m not sure I have an entire cheerleading guide in me, not even in 100-word snippets.

My goal is to be done, Done, DONE by the end of next weekend so I can print everything out and send it to the Golden Heart before Thanksgiving. Then, I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I suspect it might involve heavy drinking.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 11:43 a.m.

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