I've been doing a lot of research lately. And by 'research', of course I mean watching old music videos on youtube and clips from old movies like:
Now, you might be thinking: Oh, Bryan is sooooo awesome....
That is normal.
But some of you also might be thinking: Research? I've been researching the habits of 17th Century Witches for my new YA novel! Now THAT'S research!
That is not normal.
Still, I've been doing my own weird form of research a lot as I've been working on this revision. Today, as I was waiting for some kids to show up for a youth event (I'm a youth pastor), I re-wrote a section that I really liked in previous drafts. Without going into too much detail (I'd hate to get you too excited...), my MC waxes philosophical on how Daniel-san would never leave Ali (Elizabeth Shue) like what they had in Karate Kid didn't mean something. He wouldn't just blow her off and high-tail it to Okinawa with Miyagi like some chump.
No idea what I'm talking about? Well, check this out:
Daniel-san wouldn't be participating in some Tea Ceremony...he'd be off trying to win back Elizabeth Shue. At least, according to my main character.
Of course, as I'm writing this part I started thinking about Peter Cetera. I mean, who wouldn't, right? Right....? Because Glory of Love? From what I remember, that was a kickass jam.
For you, friends:
Time has a way of making you reevaluate what kickass means.
And while this might not seem like revision, for me it is. I'm finding that a couple sentences here and there (based on my research, of course) takes a great line and gives it substance. It goes beyond just purple prose, and turns it into something that points to why my character believes something, and who he is.
Okay, I gotta go do some more research...