Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Beginning of Revising (and Revising the Beginning)

Now that the holidays are finally behind me, I've been focused on revising my WIP. I took about a month off so I'd have fresh eyes when I came back to it, and boy did I!  I have a printed manuscript with enough post-its notes on it to make you think my 2 year old got a hold of the pad and went crazy. 

This is a good thing though because I can see many places I can improve and I have a plan of what I want to do. Plus, I was really excited to start this revision because I didn't have to start from scratch this time. Writers always like to remind you: You can't revise a blank page. Thank goodness, I thought, that I wouldn't have to rewrite everything this time around.

Yeah, except now I'm wondering if starting with a new, crisp, white, blank page (i.e. computer screen) would be preferable to revising the beginning of this novel. 

It's hard!  (I know, cue all writers--duh!) I somehow tricked myself into thinking it would be easier this time around. Instead I find myself feeling paralyzed with indecision. Should I cut this sentence? Start with a different one? I like the idea of this paragraph but maybe it needs to move to another chapter. Do I just cut and paste or rewrite it from scratch?  Ahh!

I have finally made it past the first few chapters and I'm hoping things will move a little quicker now, but probably not. It's all part of the process I guess. 

I'm sure the next round of revisions will be easier. ;)

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