I rewrote the ending of FOSSEGRIM this morning. After my cold finally cleared up, I reread the first ending- written under the haze of a stuffy nose and cold meds and said ‘what the hell?’. I forgot to tie up one of the major plot points and it still lacked filling out. Which leads me to today’s ‘Revision Haters Club’ session.
I love my new ms and I think the idea and story has a lot of potential. But it is a first draft and needs to be edited and revised in a big nasty way.
Revison + Editing = My weakness.
I’ve been slowly picking through the rough draft on my computer, changing words and phrasing here and there, and trying to figure out if the pacing is right or not before I hit ‘print’. But the real editing won’t begin for a couple weeks once its marinated for a while. One of my biggest problems is I know the right way to revise and edit but I’m either too lazy or impatient to put it into practice.
‘The first step towards solution is admitting you have a problem.’
So what do I do for motivation? I go shopping. Duh.
Hubby: ‘Are you taking a picture of your office supplies?’
Me: *camera up to one eye* ‘Yip.’
Me: ‘To show my blogging friends my new paper and pens…’ ** I don’t need to explain much. With the word ‘blogging’ his eyes glaze over and I know he’s tuned out.**
That’s right people! Crisp new paper for printing out the my ms, post-it notes and multicolored ball point pens! Woohoo! We got ourselves a party up in heah! I don’t know about you, but buying new stuff can pump me up for just about anything.
Do you have any other ways for getting pumped up and motivated about the dreaded revision / editing process? Please share!