So I’m deep in revisions that have already taken longer (many times) than I hoped…and I’ve been thinking about distance. When I started this novel 10 (!) years ago, it looked dramatically different. Different characters, different scenes, the whole she-bang has changed over the years. I used to be able to write a scene, put it away, pull it out and revise it. But now I’m working with time constraints…and I need some distance.
Revising at this pace feels like standing close to a canvas and painting. Are these blobs of paint making a picture or a mess? Am I improving the novel or just making it different? I’m hoping to barrel through the last few new scenes, anchor them in the rest of the text for continuity, and take just a few days off. The big question…will that be enough time to buy me “distance?” How much time does it take?