Maybe a better title for the post would be “slow and steady wins the race”. It always takes me longer than I think to do revisions. As soon as I open the the draft, I just want to change everything.
But I’m working hard, I promise. I even have proof. We had a power outage earlier this week and without electricity to distract me, I was able to break out the propane lamp and mark up a couple chapters before the power came back on. I have a new appreciation for authors who had to write by candlelight.
I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Made huge gains on fixing structural issues with The Dragon and the Pearl and so I’m allowing myself to peek into the blogosphere. 🙂 *waves hello*
I can take most critique without batting an eye. Fix dialogue, layer in more sexual tension, need more emotion, need more conflict — it’s all the cost of entry. Even deleting complete scenes doesn’t phaze me. But what scares me to death and keeps me up at night are structural issues. The “this is not working” comments which mean you need to spend some time soul searching and then go medieval on your manuscript.
I spent the last week cutting major arteries and then trying to graft them back together. When it’s all done, all you can do is shock the heart and hope it beats again.
I think I hear a weak pulse. Need to nurse this baby back to health now. Be back soon for more random musings.