Cupcake Aficiando and Writer of Middle Grade Novels
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
What's a Mentorship Look Like?
Mostly, it looks like paper. And a lot of work. I'm a little past the half-way mark with my mentorship and so far, here's the paper that's been generated.
First there's the initial copy of the manuscript, marked up with comments and accompanied by a four page revision letter.
These are the chapter outlines I created for the first round manuscript.
I also created diagrams of the various plot lines -- trying to see where the action is lagging in each line.
With the revisions done, I needed to create revised chapter outlines to reflect the changes.
And I got this last week. A copy of the revised manuscript, marked up with editing comments and invisible red hearts (as well as two visible pink ones.) (Note: I'm not sure all the mentees get invisible red hearts. I think Susan might be the only one who gives those.)
Here's an example of what the editing comments look like. Not all pages have this many comments, but nearly all pages have some.
And here is the second revision letter -- five pages this time. Single spaced.
And I have lots and lots of these -- random sheets of paper with notes, thoughts, ideas, diagrams, etc.
And that's it. As you can see, the mentors put in as much time as we mentee's do. And that's saying a lot. So, if I'm not posting very much, it's because I'm deep into my second round of revisions.
Here's hoping all of your writing projects are going well!