|My writing hole (well, not really but it could very well have been!)|
I'm a multi-tasker by nature, thriving when my plate is full, but revisions require single-minded focus (at least for me). The laundry piled up, the food supply dwindled, the yard looked like a prairie restoration project. Yet I plugged away, tweaking chapter after chapter, writing a few new ones, combining others.
I reread the manuscript first, before I started surgery. It'd been since January when I worked on it last. I love it when, on looking back at a piece of writing, I'm surprised by sections I don't recognize, paragraphs which I don't remember writing. Does that ever happen to you?
Anyway, it's out of the house once again. I'm ready to work on something new (like the WIP I ditched a month ago). So I'll leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes on revision and a poem.
"It is with words as with sunbeams -- the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn." -- Robert Southey
"My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out the parts readers skip." -- Elmore Leonard
'Ring the bells that still can ring;
Forget your perfect offering;
There is a crack in everything;
That is how the light gets in.' -- Leonard Cohen