Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The middle of patience

If you didn't get a chance to check out the entries for the Crazy Holiday Blogfest, please go here. A big Thank You to all of you who participated, and all of you who commented. The entries were awesome. Great job everyone!!

So, I'm in the middle of WiP #1 revisions. It's not that I'm stuck, just wanting to move on. I think because I basically re-wrote the whole story so I'm ready to finish it. I've thought about putting it on the shelf, but that sounds criminal. It's like I'm sending it to jail because it's being bad. The MCs do talk to me, quite often, but WiP#3 is tempting me with chocolate. Lots of battles here. Plus, it's testing my patience.

I'm trying not to rush revisions though, considering this is my first finished story. I'm just nudging them a little. I'm learning there are no shortcuts, no ways to make it painless, no way to hurry my creative process, only practice and time. I will admit, I'm slow at a lot of things, but I tend to try and rush them. This makes things careless and messy, not to mention life just goes by in flash as it is, so why push it. Only time will tell, and like I said, practice and time.

In the meantime, I continue to listen to my inspiration music, eyeing every detail, listening for each word as it's spoken (in my head), twisting and wracking my brain on how to make this story the best it can be. So thank you to all the musicians out there. You inspire my whole creative process and without it, life would be boring.

How about you?  Let me know your progress or inspirations.

I will leave you today with lyrics, that's right, lyrics. I read a lot, but I listen to music even more. So, when I quote it's usually from song lyrics. I may start to do this on a daily basis, if it bothers you, well, just let me know. Today, I leave you with this:

Best you've got to be the best
you've got to change the world
and use this chance to be heard
your time is now

From: "Butterflies And Hurricanes" by Muse

And this:
When you think you've tried
Every road, every avenue
Take one more look at what you found old
And in it you'll find something new

From: "One Caress" by Depeche Mode
Have a great day!


  1. I hear you about the revisions on ms #1. I've finally finished the major rewrites on my last wip (including a complete overhall of my first chapter--several times), so now I'm ready to query it in the New Year.

    I'm so excited about my new wip (almost finished the first draft) that I almost don't care about the other project anymore. That should make querying the other one easier. ;)

  2. I hear you loud and clear. Trying to get wip3 written, working on revisions for book1 and looking at the opening and closing of book2 -- again.

    I want Santa to give me one of those new fandangled stereos with everything -- turntable, cassette and CD player built in. I haven't listened to any of MY music in almost 15 years. Sad, very sad.

  3. Altho this is not my first finished work I'm exactly where you are: revisions. And I feel the same way; I want them to be magically done so I can move on to my next project. Alas, I do not have a magic wand that I can wave and say, 'Reviso, Fin!'

  4. I'm having a hard time getting through a first draft right now and the query for my completed ms is KILLING me.

  5. I love using music as inspiration! I make playlists for different scenes and characters, and it always helps get me right in the setting. I hope your revisions go well!

  6. i'm in the middle of "read backwards" line edits. Ugh, they are so boring

  7. I'm kind of all over the place with my revisions. I should be working on one in particular (except that I kind of loathe it right now) but get too easily distracted by another project. (although, i'd go with the one offereing chocolate!) I wish you the best of luck with yours! :)

  8. I'm impressed that you're working so hard right now with all the distractions of the holidays. You inspire me. I have some serious writing resolutions to make for the new year!

  9. I'm the type who has to edit as she goes (everyone swears against doing this, but it's the way I have to work or I can't move on to the next chapter). I used to be pretty fast, but the more rewriting and reworking I do with a particular scene, the harder it is for me to be faster! But I can't rush it along, because then I know I'll have to re-do it AGAIN later.

    Good luck with your revisions :) Keep us updated! I love cheering people on.

  10. My progress is all to often measured sideways. I think I may shelve a WIP I began in 2006 for the second time. Maybe the final time.

    It's a sci-fi and I have trouble speaking to it. I really want the story to get out there, but I'd almost rather someone else wrote it!

    So it goes and onward ho and here we are a-moving sideways, moving sideways, always always moving sideways.

    - Eric

  11. First off wish I had found your blog in time to join in on the blogfest, I'll have to go check out the entries.

    As for revisions, I'm no where close to mine. Still trying to finish my nano entry. I think it's great you use music as inspiration. What a wonderful idea. I'll have to try it out and see if it helps.