marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

revising the edges off

Weird, wild, wonderful world-building is great fun in one sense.

In another, it's annoying because you can't slip to default without poking holes in it.

In yet another, it's quite annoying because you have put it aside and let it cool off before you revise.  Forgetting the details is the point of the operation -- it's the only thing that lets you see that you didn't write enough to convey the setting you meant to convey.  Inspiration can be a positive bother here, since it carries you along and blinds you to what you actually, in fact, wrote.

Except that you're not just reading it to review, you're reading it to revise, which means you need to remember that you don't want to tone down that golden bird; you want to spice up the settings so that a golden bird spouting an epithalamion does not seem out of place.

Sometimes it's a very good thing that you don't have to have only one revision.
Tags: revision, sensawunda, setting (whole story)

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