Oh, Wednesday…

Posted By on July 22, 2010

From the hindsight of Thursday, I’m glad Wednesday is over.

Wednesday was a harsh day. My tyrant didn’t make the grade. The funny thing is, I feel bad, as if I let down the editor and the characters. First, the editor, who’s been so generous with her time and her comments. I never enjoy seeming as if I just can’t “get” something. You know? And, of course, I’m thinking of all the practically perfect mss. they’re receiving every day that make mine even more of a train wreck–and make my next effort something even less to anticipate.

And that’s all the self-doubt and overthinking I’m allowing myself for this revision.

But my characters–I love them. I want my writing for them to shine. And it didn’t. I’m sad, but not so sad that I’m not starting over. Editor again offered direction, and I’d love to do exactly as she asks.

Revision is often a delicate dance. This one is more like plying a chisel with a sledgehammer! But I plan to do it with joy and abandon.

Edited to add: I wrote 96 words yesterday. I’m proud of those 96 words on a new start, but 96 words freak out the progress meter, so until I have a count the meter can abide, I’ll post it within the blog.

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