Monday, September 19, 2011

Write, Revise, Rinse, Repeat

Twelve days ago I finished the first draft of my most current WIP. I sent it off to my crit partners and some betas and I've been twiddling my thumbs and playing around very gently with a new project. The new project isn't inspiring me as much as I'd hoped and I'm finding that I'm still very much immersed in the head of my MC of the drafted WIP. 

I had a few ideas swirling around for how to improve the draft and allowed myself to see how it felt to add that into the story last night. Let's just say it didn't fit and I walked away more than a little frustrated. After some brainstorming with my crit partner this morning, it now makes sense to me as to why it wasn't working. It wasn't where the story was supposed to go--at least not at that point. And now that I've talked it through and can clearly see it all playing out in my head I'm so ready to dig back in. 

Revising may not be the most fun part of writing the story, but it sure is necessary. It's also such an amazing thing when you have a crit partner (or two!) who really understand your characters and your vision. I honestly don't know what I'd do without mine. I'm absolutely a better writer because of them. 

Now, with all that being said, let the real revisions begin. I'! :-)


  1. Tis true -- creating a masterpiece is one part writing, two parts revising, And Crit partners are invaluable to the process!

  2. Agreed! Though it's not the funnest part, revising is crucial...and I have found that writ partners are too!