Thursday, July 26, 2012

Revision

Yep, I'm here again, in Revision, the place most writers live for a much longer time than they do in actual Writing. (At least I think so. I do anyway.) After forcing myself to stay away for several months, I have permission (from myself) to enter back into the entire draft of my latest middle grade story. And I can't wait. I'm so ready to sit in the setting I can see so clearly, live with the characters who make me laugh, and enter the cadence of the plot.


Here I am, perched on the edge of this big, wide open thing--I'm standing on the shore of Revision! (Those really are my buried toes.)  Strangely, Revision is not something I have always loved, and I can't even pinpoint what changed, but now I adore Revision and will live here for . . . well . . . as long as it takes.

What about you? If you write, do you love Revision? If you don't write, where can you apply this love of growing something into what it should be and can be?

17 comments:

  1. I love revision, maybe because over the last 9 years that's mostly what I've done. I'm about to enter that realm again with one more revision before I start querying. I'm excited. Now the first draft of my new book. Even though I know where it's going, it's torture.

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  2. I don't know if I love revision but I've been here so long I'm fogetting how to draft. I really don't mind it. It's nice to take my writing and shape it into something else, something good.

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  3. Same for me, I hated revision - mostly because I don't think I knew how to do it. Now I love revision because it makes my stories better and takes me to the heart of what I'm trying to say. Hoorah! Have Fun!

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  4. Yay!!! Revision land!!!
    And still my answer is nope. I don't like it a bit but I know it is a very necessary step to take for the ms to be ready.

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  5. I heard an author speak at a writing conference once and he said that he spends 1% of his time writing his book and 99% of his time revising. I use that info ALL the time when helping my fifth graders!! Go for it, girl! Obviously, you are not alone in "revision-land"!

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  6. Wonderful metaphor: the shore of revision. So many possibilities. So much to take in. So scary. Yet, I kind of like being there. I've got the story down and revision allows me to focus on deepening the characters, improving the flow and choosing stronger words to make the story more exciting or meaningful.

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  7. I love this post and the picture that goes with it. I like the way you think about revision. Most of the time I like to be in the land of revision- unless something isn't working out quite right. I do like buffing my story and making it sparkle a little brighter. :) Hope your revisions go well!
    ~Jess

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  8. Barbara, I'm right there with you--Revision Land. I don't really "love" revisions, but I'll do what I have to do to get the story told right. :)

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  9. Wishing you the best of luck! I both love and dread revision. I love making my story and my writing better, but I dread the hours of work and the indecision. I'll probably finish my current draft by the end of the week. Great post! :D

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  10. Oh, RevisionLand. I'm there too. Good luck to both of us!

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  11. I love it when I have direction and feel like I know what I'm doing. When it's all a huge, messed-up muddle, not so much!

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  12. I love Revision time. I feel like I'm accomplishing something. During the writing time, it's so hard to turn the revising process off! Good luck delving into it!!

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  13. I really do like revision. I like all the things I discover. Good luck with your revision.

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  14. I love revision. I love it so much that I revise as I go. A lot of people don't recommend that, but it works for me.

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  15. I wouldn't say I love the revision process since it's really hard work that takes a lot of time. BUT, I love the way things can take shape once I revise. It's always satisfying to polish my work and see how it can get better in the end.

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  16. I've always loved revisions. It may be a time-consuming process, but it's much less daunting than writing, IMHO--words are easier to face than a blank page!

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  17. right now i have two full manuscripts that have been lost in revision-land. revisions are my enemy. i'm trying to play nice -- but revising is the worst!!

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