Monday, July 11, 2011

Revision Overload

Do you cook? I don't often (that's the lovely husband's job because he loves it), but when I do take on some large-scale cooking, I find that by the time the product comes out of the oven I no longer want to eat it. Or even taste it. It doesn't mean what I made isn't good, I don't know, it's like I'm over it already!

I finished revisions for The Green the other day and while I'm pretty sure the characters and story are pretty solid and I really think readers will enjoy it, I really was glad to see it sent off to my beta readers at DarkSide. I couldn't read it any more! The Green has been in revisions forever I feel like, but I think I finally got it where it needs to be. We'll see what the ladies say!

I will now take a break from reading my own writing and read some for the other girls in the group. I can't wait! I'll also dive back into writing, which I've been enjoying as well and had to stop for a few days to finish my revisions. I know in the end it will be worth all the labor!

4 comments:

  1. My revision process seems to take a while as well, and I can relate with the whole "over it" statement. Have fun reading the others.

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  2. I have the mindset of when it is done, its done. Sure I have no doubts that my own book could use more polish, more editing, more reviewing. However if it takes too long then it spoils.

    Like cooking, if you leave that steak on too long, instead of having a nice medium rare juicy steak, you have a burnt seasoned covered brick because its been an extra year on the burner and you are trying to please everyone by making changes.

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  3. JD Salinger took ten full years to write and edit the 280 page, The Catcher In The Rye. It's still mandatory reading for many schools, and has sold over 65 million copies.

    Some things are better with relentless editing. Holden Caulfield is one of them.

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  4. Just came across a video recording of the greatest American poet, Robert Frost. A career poet and teacher, winner of four Pulitzer Prizes, here he explains his literary output of edited, publishable work: ten pages per year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2-bhyJuFtE

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