Quiet Because

I am quiet due to revisions. I’m working away in the little bits of time I have—in the mornings, because by nighttime I’m caged in and depressed from what happened during the day and it will ruin what I have on the page. Revising is all I want to think about. No patience for anything else. Dispassion to its fullest. Looking forward to the weekend. Tonight I may do a solitary recital for myself, reading chapters aloud in the apartment while E is out teaching. If a word sounds weird in my mouth, I’ll have to change it. Revision is about the story, the characters, the pacing, the clarity, the speed, the words the words the words. Revision is about every. single. word. there. is.

6 thoughts on “Quiet Because

  1. jadepark December 11, 2008 / 12:17 pm

    revision is where in many ways, the REAL writing begins.

  2. oh December 12, 2008 / 9:01 am

    yes, the pacing! and reading aloud truly tells that.
    Ok, I’ll be quiet now as you get to work.

  3. Lisa Alber December 13, 2008 / 2:09 am

    Yea, revision!

    But, I still want to know if you had to have a talk with Ms. Bright Light!

  4. courtney December 13, 2008 / 9:35 am

    Hang in there! Every word is one word closer.

  5. weltschmerz December 13, 2008 / 1:29 pm

    The waves, the waves!

    I love you and want to send you a song.

  6. nova December 14, 2008 / 4:03 pm

    The writer who loves Bright Lights? She’s been MIA all week… Did she read this? Weird coincidence.

    p.s. What song? I want a song!

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