In my endeavor to be a better blogger, I am putting up an entry today without really knowing what I'm going to say. I like to have a topic in mind before I start babbling, but hey, sometimes things just don't work out that way.
I dug in deep today and "finished" chapters four and five of Burn the Night. Chapter 4 didn't need much work; just a little spackle and a fresh layer of paint to clean up some of the less-than-perfect spots. Meanwhile, Chapter 5 received a small room addition in the form of an added scene between Mira and Danaus. Yes, they finally got a moment ... alone ... in the woods. Go for it! Let your imaginations run wild. It was a fun scene to write and it allowed me to release some of the emotional tension that I've had building in my brain for far too many books.
Overall, I think the revisions to this book are much like rehabbing a house. For the most part, I think the structure and the foundation are still sound, which is a very big deal. If you have to rebuild the structure or the foundation of where the story is built then you've got a very big job ahead of you and it means losing most of the pages that you've written.
However, just because the foundation and structure are sound doesn't mean I don't have a big job ahead of me. Certain characters that lived now need to die and other characters that weren't in the book now need to make an appearance. In essence, I'm tearing down walls and then putting up new ones. In fact, I'll be adding on a whole new floor with the addition of a previously unplanned plotline, while searching for ways to make Mira more proactive rather than reactive.
Have I totally lost you with this revision/house rehabbing analogy. I think I better stop before it gets any worse.