Update

Sorry I’ve been neglecting the blog.  Lately I’ve been spending every second of free time I have on revisions.  I really think it’s coming along.  I have to admit, it was a bit of a struggle getting used to the idea of so many changes.  But I decided if I was really serious about this I had to do whatever it took to get my writing career to the next level–including the willingness to take a hard look at the novel and make the necessary changes.

And if we are going to be honest with ourselves, we probably will never be done making improvements, nor should we be in one sense.  There will come the time when you need to let the book go in its imperfect state for publication.  But in the meantime, we should always be laboring to take it to a better level than it was in the previous draft.

But I promise more entries are forthcoming, and I’ve got some fun meeting notes to share.

But how about you?  What do you find most difficult about the revision process?  What inspiration or motivation has helped you through it?  What advice would you give to those who are wary of making changes?  Have you seen growth in your own writing the more open you are to making revisions?  Sound off in the comments below.

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10 thoughts on “Update

  1. Let me start by saying, I love your attitude. Don’t lose it, ever.

    As unpublished writers, we must realize even after landing a literary agent, we’ll probably have to revise. Not to mention, publishers will probably want some sort of revisions done as well. We must be open to revisions at every level of our writing careers.

    I’m with you, I’m always looking for ways to improve. Books on writing like Self-edititing for Fiction Writers, finding like minded critique partners, and just staying informed with literary agents, publishers, and successful authors are all great ways to grow as a writer.

    The most difficult thing about revisions is wondering if you changed something for the better. In the end, trust your gut feeling and you’ll do fine. Good luck!

    • Thanks! Yeah, I agree with you on wondering if you’ve changed it for the better. I think you’ve got to have a lot of faith in the journey, that the story and the characters will reveal to you the best way to bring them out, if you let them. And you’re 100% right about agents and publishers. I think too often for many of us (at least it’s been true for me in the past) we want it to just be “good enough.” We don’t really want it to be the best it can be, just good enough to get us published. But it’s the wrong attitude. I think once you accept that this is something you’ll be mastering until the grave you open yourself up to so many more great possibilities as a writer.

      And thanks for being one of those that helped me on my journey. I’m feeling like good things are coming. 🙂

  2. I agree with you all that it’s sometimes difficult to determine whether you’re changing it for the better…That’s one of the reasons community is so important. Others can give you an outsider’s perspective, and for them, usually the “better or worse?” is much clearer than it is to the writer.

    When I revise, I literally rewrite. I open the previous draft, as well as a new document, and start over. Sometimes I only transcribe, but the process of retyping forces me to carefully consider each sentence, every word. It’s tedious, but the end product is always much better. Of course, I think it could always be improved.

    • I do it both ways, but I agree a full rewrite can be extremely helpful. But do you mean that you never “edit” or you just do the blank doc rewrite when you’re doing major revisions? I’m curious to hear what your process is.

      • When I think of editing I think of little things–misplaced commas, typos, etc. Red pen work that comes at the very end. When doing any revision, major or otherwise, I tend to write it in a blank doc–and if I’m not revising the whole thing, then I’ll write it first in a blank doc, then transcribe to the manuscript. It helps me to see the changes, and really decide whether it’s changing for the better.

        • I think we’re mostly the same on this. In my editing stage, I read everything out loud and wherever I stumble I’ve learned usually needs fixing. I’m also eager to try this new thing I learned about, which is printing off your whole book (or chapter by chapter) and working on each page in reverse order. The one who told me this said it prevents you from getting involved in your story and makes you focus solely on the words so you can beef them up or trim them down as needed. I’ll keep you posted, I’m going to try it with my first chapter this week.

  3. Recently while revising, I screamed loudly. I had mixed two books, and the heroes jumped from a army base to a navy base.

    And then I wrote somethinng about Al Qaeda talking about “teaming up with the West” to bring world peace. I still don’t know why (or how) the hell I wrote that……….. 🙂

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