Back in high school, back before Escuela Caribe, I liked to take pictures. I’d spend hours cutting out scraps of images and arranging them on cardstock, making collages from the discards.
This summer I finished the final draft of Unreformed. The narrative wasn’t working so I tried something different- I cut the entire book into pieces, first arranging by themes. This let me determine what was important. Then I cut a second copy into pieces and collaged the draft together.
I had a collection of pictures documenting the whole process, but the resolution is wrong.
I like the final version. I’m letting it sit for now, but in the meantime, there’s this article about the troubled teen industry.