Published: July 23rd, 2010
Readers familiar with Robert J. Ray’s book The Weekend Novelist know that he packs a lot of work material into each session. In this book, on re-writing the novel, he packs a wallop, both in terms of time frame and exercises. The schedule is based on seven to ten hour working days Saturdays and Sundays for seventeen weeks. For writers who love a challenge, tight schedules, graphs, charts, to-do lists, and timed exercises, this is a heady climb.
For those who function from a more organic atmosphere, it is almost overwhelming. However the exercises and checklists and examples can be taken in smaller hikes to apply as needed. For example, his “Quick Scene Fix” for a two to three page short scene has a succinct eight-step process that focuses the re-write into a polished piece. Many other suggestions can be pulled from the overview and used as mini sessions too.