My Light on Revision

Let’s be honest, revising a novel is part skill and part inspiration.  It’s easy to go in and chop it up like a bad salad for a forgotten potluck.  Been there, done that.  It was during my last writer’s group that a fellow writer asked me this question, “Have you gone through your book and analyzed every line?”  Ummm, maybe?  At that point, I realized that I was so close to my novel that I wasn’t even sure what I’d done.  The hundreds, possible thousands of hours I’d spent on that thing had blocked any memory of process.

Revision?  My current thoughts:

To revise effectively you must first clear out your cobwebs.  Go spend time doing everything else you can think of.  Go for a run, sell energy drinks, or if you have two hands that work go skiing.  I think it works because you are letting the writing parts of your brain rest until it’s percolating with answers.

Writing is a long journey into the unknown.  It’s full of dips and turns of true despair, and moments of pure pleasure.  I know that I’m a tad obsessed, but aren’t we all obsessed with something?  I’m just always psyched when my inspiration light comes on.

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About julietruekingsley

Crazed writer living on the coast of Maine! Attempting to blog daily in fifteen minutes or less.
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2 Responses to My Light on Revision

  1. You are so right about the seemingly impossible chore of revision. I’ve teamed up with 2 friends who are novelists. We take about 50 pages of the other’s manuscripts and go over them carefully and meet to compare notes. It’s amazing the tiny things we pick up that need redoing. We all see it differently and it always ends up improving the finished product. Good luck with your rewrite.

  2. Love writer friends! I agree, it’s always good to get an outside eye on the work. But, you still need to go back yourself and dig deep. Joyce, what are you currently working on?

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