Thursday, January 6, 2011

Be afraid, my lovely rough draft...

I've learned something over the past few days as I've worked on my personal goal of spending at least 2 hours a day working on revisions of my rough draft.

This is it: My words are not sacred. (Scared, maybe sometimes, but not sacred.)

It's true.

I thought they were so great when I wrote them...and then edited them to death...and then a little more just for good measure. Now I am back at them after a 2-month sabbatical and I find that they can become even better.

They can be changed.

This is why they should be scared.

After arriving at the end of my story, I know the beginning so much better and it's very exciting to see it coming together, fitting like puzzle pieces from one chapter to the next to the next to the next.

Loving this
part of the process.

7 comments:

Susan G. Haws said...

Keep it up.

Misha said...

I hope it goes as well with my rewrite.

:-)

Shallee said...

I love coming back to a book after a break and seeing how much better it can be. Good luck!

Tamara said...

You inspire me! I am so excited for your book!

Renae W. Mackley said...

I love revision, too. It takes some writing to make a revision and when we feel it's better, it feels great. Keep going!

Pooh said...

can't wait til you're done...

Jaime Theler said...

Realizing you *can* change those words is a big step and key in revision. Keep going! *cheering*

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