As some of you may know, I’ve been neck deep in revisions these past weeks. The resultant ups and downs of ripping into my work in progress have left me dizzy. As soon as I figure out one problem, I’ve gotta tackle another. Makes me tired.
Should it come as any surprise, then, that the word revision strikes fear in the heart of the stoutest writer? I mean, really, you finally get your manuscript “done,” just to realize ya gotta start over?
On the other hand…
Each successive revision helps me to focus on different aspects needing work. It leads to tighter prose. More tension. Stronger characters. A better story.
So, what makes me hesitate when I stare at page one? Why do I pause?
I know the MS will improve. BUT…
Knowing and feeling are two different things.
As a result, I’ve found gearing up for revisions (AKA, tackling my feelings) is a skill in and of itself.
So how do I do it?
I usually prepare by rallying my supports, getting feedback from betas, and reading examples of the work I wanna emulate. By then I’ve got enough confidence to give revisions a try. Once I start, I get to play. In fact, I might even have fun. Whoa. Neat-o.
Tell me, friends, what do revisions represent to you? Do you enjoy them or cringe at the thought? How do you prepare to revise?