Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Hi all! Thanks to the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this montly event. Go here to check out all the other participants.

It's spring, well, it's supposed to be. It's still cold in the northeast. You know how much I depise winter, and it's dragging it's feet getting out of here. Anyway, I'm in revisions and I have this love/hate relationship with them. I love the part where you move things around and make your manuscript shine, but I hate how long it takes. Of course that's part of the path. I try to keep things interesting by jumping around my story. Trust me, this one needs lots of description, but I also don't want to tell too much. Yeah, one of those.

I also don't want to lose the voice. It has to be consistant. But my methods are always . . . unusal. Revisions sometimes make you feel like you're making progress, but not. I guess cause you're not getting immediate feedback so you're not sure where you stand until someone reads it. So what do you do? Maybe have a crit partner read some parts that are done. It helps you see if you're on track, plus you get some feedback when you're ready to go through another round.

Revisions can be lonely, and yes, there are many distractions that will flirt with you, ignore them. They only tease and pester and sometimes makes you feel not worthy or small. Like I said, block it out, turn it off, and focus. I know, easier said than done. But if you focus, the rewards will be great.

So, go forth writers and create.

I want to apologize for my lack of comments lately. Revisions have got my focus. I can't say my work is great, but I'm trying to make it something.

How's your progress?

Have a great day!!


  1. Revisions sure can be lonely. Best of luck with trudging through them. It will be worth it in the end.

  2. I enjoy revisions. I actually get excited about them. I'm currently in the planning stage of my newest project, and it's tough. I'm having to brainstorm a lot.

    I was in Anaheim last week. Everything is green and the flowers are out. I'm back home and it's cold and gray and everything is dead and dirty. :P

  3. Seriously. Revisions can be torturous, but they can also be my favorite sometimes. I think it just depends upon where in the plot and what type of revisions I'm working on. *sigh* But ... great post! I'm visiting from the IWSG. I hope you have a marvelous week! :)

  4. I'm iffy about revisions, too! I like to make my story better, but it's time consuming. You need lots of love and patience for it. Good luck!

  5. I think revisions are the test of our mettle as a writer. I say that because it's truly in the revisions the story made. But, like you I'm in revision hell and I'm feeling the heat.

  6. I'm right there with you. I am in the revision process as well, so comments have gone by the wayside for a bit. However, I am trying to make an effort during April. And I always try to make time during an IWSG day. Good luck to you!

  7. SO true how solo it can be---go forth and conquer, you!

  8. Sometimes just going back and reading it all from start to finish helps.
    Keep revising!

  9. I love revisions more than first-drafting, and I get obsessive about them, so I understand how you can go absent from the blogosphere while they are in progress. Been there, done that!