“Books aren't written -- they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it."
Last Monday I started revising two of my WIPs. I'd received a boatload of helpful feedback and thought I had a solid grasp on the solutions to most of my story problems. So I plunged in with full confidence, waking up way earlier than usual and tapping away at the keyboard with wild enthusiasm.
But by Friday things began to shift. New ideas were shooting out at me like balls from an automatic pitching machine. I couldn't keep up. What was I doing? Was I fixing things or making them worse? The ideas kept coming, faster and faster. I couldn't find the off button. What could I do?
Enter The Revision Notebook--the perfect place to organize my thoughts. Ink on paper. Scribbles. Lists. Wild ideas that may never make it beyond the spiral bound pages. A place to slow down and breathe. To formulate a plan. Ahhhhh. I'm feeling much better now.
I think I'm on my third or fourth rewrite for each of these novels. But I'm with Michael, books aren't written, they're rewritten. And if these revisions don't quite do the job, I will revise again. And again.
So Wipsters, how was your week? Any favorite revision tips you'd like to share?