distraction no.99

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Revision Fever

So yeah it’s my birthday this Thursday (and E’s birthday today! and the anniversary of the day we went to City Hall and got married tomorrow!), and I know I should want to do something special for my birthday to kick off the year, but all I can think about now is this revision. I dream the revision. I wake up and the first thing I think about is the revision. I work on the revision all day. I read only things related to the revision (and I had to stop reading novels I really want to read to avoid distracting from the revision). I look at things that remind me of the revision. Guess what I want to do on my birthday? Work on the revision. Then go to dinner after. Then probably go home and work more on the revision. Thankfully the blog series is still running, or this blog would be a big blank space until the revision is handed in, or possibly a live feed of me sitting in front of my laptop, making faces, typing furiously, rearranging things AGAIN (and oh how I regret abandoning Scrivener now), editing, re-editing, adding more pages, aaaaaah! It would not be pretty. Even so, I love doing this. Isn’t that sick? Revision is the best part of writing, in my opinion, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. It’s so rewarding precisely because it’s not easy. Going back in.

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8 responses to “Revision Fever”

  1. Happy birthday, E, and happy anniversary tomorrow. 🙂

    I still love drafting more, but I appreciate revision. It just takes too long for my taste. I get impatient and sucked into the OMG IT’S NEVER GOING TO BE ANY GOOD and my brain goes :mush:.

  2. Okay, I get it now. But please tell me that there are points when you wonder if you’re just messing the whole thing up, and that you’re not sure if the direction you’ve decided on is the right one after all. In short, please tell me your revisions come with doubts. Please?

  3. Thanks for this post. I’m knee deep in my own revision and have to say that I have changed over time how I feel about it. MUCH easier in many ways than writing a first draft. At least you have something “finished” to play around with. And Marcy, yes, doubts are a part of this process–every step of the way.

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