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Writers. Twins. Biologically unrelated. Laughing at
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Revisions ARE possible!

It's a topic I'm not a big fan of, but it's pretty much dominated my spring. Yep, you guessed it! Revisions. From my 4th draft of Blink (which I finished, by the way), to where I am now, doing final fixes on my NaNo novel before I order those CreateSpace paperbacks, I've been doing a lot of revising.

As you probably know, I'm NOT a fan of revising, editing, polishing-- basically anything beyond drafting. I  like plotting. I like planning. I LOVE drafting. But I hate everything that follows. Or at least, that's how it's been for pretty much all my writing "career."

But what I've learned the past month or so is that revisions aren't all bad. The key (for me) is getting past your overwhelmed place. Move beyond the "I can't do this" and the "This novel's a train wreck" and hang on to your passion for dear life-- the reason you wrote the novel in the first place. Because that's what's going to carry you through.

And one more thing? It's possible. Yes. Even for those of us who hate it, it's possible to revise something and see a better, slightly shinier manuscript when you're done. And trust me when I say that the accomplished feelings that follow make it all worth it.

I've written about staying true to your novel before. If you haven't already, go ahead and read it now! It compliments what I've just said pretty well.

Hope you have amazing Wednesdays! I'm off to enjoy a pumpkin cream cheese muffin.

Best Part of Today: QT with my Favorite Pony (who happened to be quite feisty today...)
Currently Craving: The ocean.
Music Pick: "Fire" by Jesse Thomas
I'm Reading: "The Crown" by Nancy Bilyeau
WIP: To Save Them (revising)

2 epic comments:

I know what you mean, because I hate revising! Drafting has always been my favorite. But like you said, the feeling you get afterwards, when your book is a million times better than before, that feeling trumps the heartache!


Drafting is definitely my favorite. Actually, I think brainstorming is. But I like the feelign of polishing a manuscript and thinking 'I am making this BETTER!'

But I can't wait to be done. On my 6th and final edit of my book. Can't wait to finish!


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