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Revising

 I started revising TAINTED FROST a few weeks ago. It's so exciting! I can't believe how much I love revising. I always thought I would hate it because before I started writing novel-length fiction, revising seemed like a chore. Wouldn't it be great to write a perfect first draft that didn't need any more work? I mean, I guess that would be pretty great, but revising is just as fun because it really stirs the imagination. I've been coming up with so many new ideas, getting to know new things about my characters, and polishing my craft. Writing is hard, but, at the same time, it's exhilarating and fun, fun, fun. Every time I write another sentence or come up with a new detail, I get a little thrill. I hope it's always like this.

So far, I've come up with a new first chapter and reworked the first chapter from my second draft into the second chapter. I'm happy with the progress I've made (even though I'm sure I'll begin doubting myself soon enough like I always do), and I'm excited to see what comes next. It seems like a new idea pops into my head almost every day. 

I also had my manuscript bound by Lulu.com, and it looks so cool--just like a real book! Now I hope that I can read the whole thing without cringing at every sentence and then chucking the thing against the wall. It's always hard to go back and read my writing, because by the time I do, all I see are flaws. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. I mean, at some point I'm going to have to stop nitpicking and just release it out into the world by giving it to critique partners or beta-readers so that they can judge for me. I'm definitely a perfectionist, but, honestly, most of the time perfectionism seems like a hindrance. It holds you back so that you're never happy with anything that you do. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever be done with this book. For now, I'm just glad that I haven't gotten bored with it. There's definitely something about this story that speaks to me. It's the first story I've started that I've also followed through to completion. Twice. Hopefully, the third time's the charm.

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anabelgonzalez
Jul. 26th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
It's great that you are enjoying so much revisions. I'm on that too and I have been through a roolercoaster. Sometmes I love it other I hate it.
Maybe because I'm also a perfeccionist! If you need any help with a beta reader or a critique just tell me.
maggie_writes
Jul. 26th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the offer! It sucks to be a perfectionist, doesn't it? I wish I was a little more easy-going. Good luck with your revisions!
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maggie_writes
Aug. 6th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Good luck to you, too. Writing is one of the few things that make me feel in control, so I find it hard to stop. That might help you keep going if you ever feel stuck. Remember that you're creating your own world, and anything goes!
Anna Fantastica
Aug. 6th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
It's impossible for me to not occasionally revise chapters pre-completion, although I've been trying not to -- but, I agree with you. Every time I revise a scene I feel like I have such a better insight into what's actually going on, and the ideas flow so much more clearly than during an initial draft. If only the draft could be as inspired!

I've bookmarked your blog. Mine isn't much, but I'm also in the process of writing a YA book so if you're interested feel free to check it out. wordpress.com/annafantastica
maggie_writes
Aug. 6th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll definitely check out your blog.

I think it's fine to revise as you go along, but when you let the ideas simmer for a while, I think it freshens your mind. Of course, there's no saying what the right way of doing anything is, as long as you do it. Good luck with your WIP :)
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