Monday, April 19, 2010

Revisions, oh sweet revisions.

My dearest revisions... are from Hell. Just kidding, sort of.

Having a critique partner (or two) who can give you feedback on the huge gaping holes in your manuscript is a beautiful thing. Until you go to make the changes. lol Really am kidding about the last part.

Revising can be an extremely rewarding, albeit painful process, that is necessary to every single work out there. I don't care if your name is Rowling, Meyer, or Brown--you still need a good critique buddy. When you're writing you get so close to the story, you scrutinize every word until your eyes bleed, and you think it is perfect. Pft. Trust me, it ain't perfect, sweetheart. In your personal revision, while you will certainly fix some major flaws, you lack the viewpoint to see the bigger problems. I mean, standing next to the Mississippi River it may seem like every other river out there, but we all know it's not.

If you're like me you open and read these notes post haste, ready to take on your creation and give it new life. As you read the comments you may think things like, "Well, duh, I should have seen that!" Don't worry, we all do it.

It's fun and painful all at once. Rest assured that when you're done your novel will shine like never before. Now all that's left is to put the laborious hours in, hacking away at the computer, eyes crossing in concentration.

Happy trails!

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