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.