Dual returns

Dual note cards
Dual note cards

So I lasted about three days without writing after finishing Before and After the Wedding before I started getting restless, and now I’m back at writing again. I decided to take stock of Dual before deciding what to work on next, but taking stock turned out to be a bit of an undertaking in itself!

Dual is a fantasy novel where the protagonist has dual personalities (yes, hence the working title–I’m prosaic like that. :-)), and I wrote it over four years ago now, and I’d even begun revisions when I realized I’d better finish my first novel before I got too involved.

I’d also, it seems, decided to do the revision on paper.

Why is lost on me now. Especially as I’m going through three notebooks, a manuscript covered with scribbles, and two sets of note cards, all with cheerful little colored stickers. (The colors probably mean something, but what? I apparently thought that too obvious to write down…)

Did I mention I often write on a train? It does funny things to my handwriting, let me tell you…

The first order of business is to straighten all this material out, and that’s what I’m doing right now, transferring everything back into the computer, and Scrivener.

It’s all pretty fun, actually!

What, is that weird? But it feels like a gigantic puzzle, and I like puzzles. 🙂

I hope I’ll also like the revisions I had planned… I already know I love the characters. (Even if I seem to have changed some of their names. To make the puzzle more challenging, maybe?)

The protagonist and his alter ego are still called the same at least…

2 thoughts on “Dual returns

  • March 26, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I wrote my first novel (still unfinished) on the train in notebooks, too! Then I went home at night and transcribed everything into Word (wasn’t using Scrivener at the time, nor a laptop). I still have all the notebooks (and still haven’t imported the Word doc into Scrivener).
    Short stories are also fun to do between novels.

    • March 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

      I wrote the first draft (also on the train) on my laptop, but then for some reason I decided to revise it by hand, including writing all the new scenes I needed! Haven’t done that since–except the “triage” before revision. I always do that on paper.


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