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So, the biggest challenge for me in SHATTERED revisions was actually something that seemed simple: date the chapters.

See, there are no chapter numbers in the whole book. Just labels of how long Ann has been with Connor-- and the time gets shorter, of course, not longer, becuase it's told in reverse chronological order. So the first chapter says "One Year" and the nedt "Eleven months, fifteen days" and after that "Eleven Months, two days", etc.

My editor suggested I keep it like that, but also add tags like "August 26".

Sounds oh-so-simple, right? The process went something like this.

"This shouldn't be hard."

"Oh wait, this might kind of suck."

"No wait! I figured it out. Yay!"

"Oh, wait. Um, she can't graduate on July 24th. School is supposed to be over in June. I'll just change that date."

"Whew, much better."

"Oh, wait, now I screwed up the rest of the timeline."

"Ahh, that's better."

"Oh, crap. Her birthday falls on christmas."

"Oh, hey, look, her best friend's birthday is the day after mine!"

"Hm. Track & Field would not be in January. Must fix that."


So, yeah, it probably took me three hours to figure out how to make it all come together, but YAY! I am DONE! All I have left is a quick read thru. *Whew*.

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meredith_wood
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I've never been good with dates, not in history class and not with my books. :-)
seeyouupside
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I can't even imagine going through dates backwards! Did you keep some sort of timeline when you wrote? Like a posterboard or something? Just curious!!


mandyhubbard
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Nope, I just winged it. HA. It was very trial and error, though. I found myself either changing the dates or modifying their relationship/her emotions to fit the date.

Like, the relationshpi is REALLY instense at the beginning, because of the abuse, and it lightens up. But then I'd have some random thing happening at 2 months that didn't make sense becuase technically all of the abuse hadn't happened yet.

I read my book backwards (so, in NORMAL chronological order) and ended up changing a lot as I went to make sure it worked properly.
lazy_iris
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
That sounds really hard, actually. Especially since I'm the sort of person to say something will happen two days later in a chapter, and then the next chapter it's actually a week later.

Glad you got it figured out, though! It sounds fantastic--I have a feeling Shattered will make a HUGE splash in the literary market.
mandyhubbard
Dec. 30th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
omg, I know what you mean. I normally do not worry about details at all, I just make sure to be vague enough about things so that it doesn't matter.

I still think P&P might be a little messed up-- I call it a month of her in 1815, but if I add up all the days that occur and the mentions of "a week later", I think it only adds up to 3 weeks. hehe. Oh well. YOU WISH was nearly impossible-- I had to have ONE wish happen EVERY DAY, but I couldn't have a second wish happen the same day, and sometimes I would need them to be at school for something important but then It would end up as a Saturday... I wanted to rip my hair out! And hten after all that I turned it in and my editor emailed and is like...I only count 14 wishes. What's the 15th one? and D'OH! I totally didn't even have enough wishes.
lazy_iris
Dec. 30th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
lol, well I didn't notice that at all when I read P&P ;) I won't tell if you don't.

I'm actually really impressed with the fact that you could think up wishes that a 1 and 2 year old would want--especially the 1 year old. Lol I'm doubly excited for YOU WISH to come out now, knowing that it was work to get the wishes to line up on the right days, and knowing that one of them was missing in the early drafts ;)
rowanda380
Dec. 30th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
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isn't it satisfying when you finally get something like that figured out? awesome :0)
(Anonymous)
Dec. 30th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds like a very complicated process, but I'm glad you finished, congrats! :) Also, I started reading Prada and Predijuce yesterday and so far I love it! Callie is so fun and fiesty and Alex...Alex is so HAWT :P I was born in the wrong time period, seriously! :p

~Ella
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spiritworld25
Dec. 31st, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Oh that's good. :) Happy to hear that you got everything figured out. :)
hyalineprosaic.blogspot.com
Jan. 2nd, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
That does sound frustrating! I had the same problem with my first novel--it was set during a historical timeline, and I had to keep reassessing what season it would be, what farming would be happening, whether you could do anything outdoors or if it would be too cold, hot, battle going on... So many scenes had to be reworked because, whoops, you can't take a lovely springtime walk through the countryside in February or it's tough to jaunt a few miles down the road when your city's under seige.

Maybe that's why I'm writing the next one over the span of only one month...

The timeline concept of Shattered sounds like it will be really enjoyable to read! Thanks for thinking of it :)
postaxial
Jan. 3rd, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Hi, I'm a random lurker, and thought I should probably leave you a comment at some point to avoid being seen as creepy :)
I read Prada & Prejudice a couple of months ago and really loved it, yay. I like historical romances in general, and loved Callie as a character, and how she was clumsy and unsure about herself, yet she was smart and knew about scientific things and could do CPR. I found her really real and multi-dimensional, and easy to identify with :)
So I'm really looking forward to reading You Wish in August, and Shattered next year. And now I'll be thinking whilst reading it, "Wow, the chapters didn't originally have dates on them. I feel sparkly for knowing this." :D
shellijohannes
Jan. 6th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
a small wave in the ocean could be a tsumami to those on land. (very yoda of my right?) good luck
ext_122896
Jan. 6th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Dates are so hard!

For my last few revisions of stay, I got those big desk blotter calendar pages and used post-it notes to map out what happened on which day - then I made a Google calendar for my MC and transferred it all on there, so I could share it with my editor/copy editor, etc. It helped so much once it was done, but geez! It was tedious and hard!

Glad to hear you made it through!
kgray7
Jan. 19th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
LOL. Glad you figured it out! Just reading your post made my head hurt. :)
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