Monday, June 20, 2011

Ah, Revision, oh how I hate you...

Yes, indeed. I am not one of those people who adore revising. I have a zillion ideas in my head at any given moment, and all are itching to be written. That said, I definitely appreciate revision and what it does for my work. So I'm diving into another revision. Well, technically, I've already begun. I decided this weekend that I do not simply want to get an agent and become published. I want my debut novel to be great. I'm willing to put in the work to get it there, even if that requires 10 more revisions. (Though hopefully it doesn't.)

And here are the things I’m working on:

  1. World -- clarifying things that are perhaps only clear in my head

  2. Character -- making the ordinary both exceptional and unique

  3. Pacing -- getting to the point quicker

So, I'll let you know when I've completed it. For now, wish me luck. I'll need it. :)



  1. I think that's an awesome attitude (re: being published)! It's amazing how differently I think about revision now than even a few months ago. I'm much more able to let go of things now, and totally kill my darlings and cut passive chunks of plot. As much as I wish things were perfect after two or three passes, I think it will probably take me ten in the end :-)

  2. Good luck! Not a fan of revision either, but it is unavoidable!

  3. Laura -- I'm definitely able to cut large chunks, but I'll admit, it still hurts. :)

    Colene -- Thanks. It amazes me that so many adore revision. I totally get that it's required and that a novel only takes shape during revision, but still, it sucks.