After a week of being stuck at the same place in the revision, after figuring out last night and this morning yet another plot change I needed to make, and then implementing it, I am finally at long last getting ahead again. I know I’ll need another revision after this, but I’m hoping to make it a quick (like maybe a week) polish. I think I’ve done most of the deep structure alignment. Whew. Was worth the work.
I really think one of the reasons I still don’t have a published novel is because I always gave up too soon on revisions before, like with just a couple of tweaks I would have had a book sale by now, especially with Sugar Shack. So despite my yearning for order, for a finished product, I’m determined not to do that this time.
William Zinsser (On Writing Well) tells us that editing and revision are “where the game is won or lost.” Spot on. No matter what I publish, I find it helps to put my pieces aside and let them “cool” for several days before I start editing. And then I rip into “em! Glad you’re feeling like you’re on track again, Cindy.
I think so too, Cindy. Several of the people who have critiqued my novel-length manuscripts over the years have said things along the lines of “this needs another revision to really get it right” and although I knew they were right, it is not the same as editing a smaller piece, which I take delight in. Book length projects are such a huge job, as you know from your own books. Sometimes, when you have to go in for one more round, it can just seem overwhelming. I am deterrmined, this time, to NOT give up too soon.
Cindy, you must feel so productive. Hard work and good results are the best kind of satisfaction.
I’m glad you are writing assidously. I would love to read your story when it’s out and available for public.