and like i need to stop pitching pieces b/c i’ve already got this massive longform piece due at the end of the year and another big essay due even sooner and novel revisions are gonna have to get going as soon as my agent sends me his editorial letter but, a) a b*tch is broke, and b) a b*tch loves lesbian cinema and cried in a public bathroom for five minutes after seeing battle of the sexes
But how will Gajeel react??? When he sees??? Juvia has died????
Yknow I bet initially he’ll be pissed at Gray for not saving her life and letting her die and he’ll try to go at Gray and attack him but when he sees the incredible emptiness and sorrow in Gray’s eyes, he’ll freeze in place and realize Gray did try to save her and prevent her from dying and that Juvia chose to give up her life.
He’ll probably feel short of breath and slowly lower his knees to the ground, face turned towards the floor. He’s in shock. He can’t believe the little water mage he’d known since his Phantom Lord days was fuckin gone. Dead. Not coming back.
He won’t get to eat her baked goods again. He won’t hear her voice ringing out across the guild as she follows after “Gray-samaa~” He won’t be able to tease her about her feelings for the ice make mage or comfort her about her feelings when she was down.
This is the first time some members of the guild see him cry. Because his oldest friend is dead, and she ain’t comin back.
Starting off on your grand revision adventure, and you’ll soon be making a few observations. One, all the complaining you did during writing the first draft seems silly now, and two, past you is probably a huge jerk who left a lot of ‘figure this out later’ in the draft.
Seriously, past me, this is the least helpful thing you could have done.
In beginning the wonderful journey of making your story, it’s going to be very helpful to keep reminding yourself of a few things.
If it was worth writing, it was worth revising. Some people have no desire to take their NaNoWriMo project into revision, and that’s okay. If you know deep down that a story doesn’t work, you’re not a failure letting it lie. Most of you reading this do want to take it into revision, even if it’s going to be hard. When it does get hard, remember: you wrote this for a reason. It deserves being taken further.
Revision is making both big and small changes. Some things just have to be changed a lot. It can be frustrating when realizing this, and very tempting to just roll around moaning about it (I, uh, may have experience with this), but ultimately it’s about making the story stronger. Don’t feel bad for having to change things in a major way.
Revision is not a one-time thing. Spoiler alert, this is a thing you’re going to have to do more than once. It’s going to get easier and better each time, but take comfort in knowing that you don’t have to fix everything right now.
Be patient. It may take longer to figure out how to get something to work than it did when you were madly throwing ideas against a wall. You may get frustrated with your past self - a lot - for pushing through things and leaving it to be figured out later. It’s okay. Just keep at it, and you’ll make it better as you go.
Chunk It: If you can, you’re going to want to break your novel down to editable bits so that you can go through it easier. I usually separate my books into scenes, with a summary and a character list attached to each one to help me figure out where the story is going. The goal of chunking your work is to making it small enough to give you daily and weekly goals to reach.
Dust off Those Notes: What changed from your original plan and when you wrote it done? What changes did you want to make but never got the chance? Revising your notes is just as important to the process as revising the novel. Be sure you have them on hand and organized.
We have one more day of pre-editing prep talk before getting into the meat of it, so tomorrow it’s editing versus revision. See you then!