Wednesday, March 16, 2011

You Push Me, I'll Push You.


Are you getting tired of me talking about my revisions?

Sorry!

Then again, one of the reasons I love to blog is that I get to talk endlessly about something near and dear to my heart (and I'm not talking about my lungs).

WRITINGWRITINGWRITINGWRITINGWRITING.

No one tolerates my writing babble more than you guys. For that, I give you all hugs with limitless refills.

So I've got pages and pages of outlined revisions. They are color-coded by character. Synopsized by chapter (is that new verb?). There are a thousand arrows and random microscrawl all over.

I'm ready to redo chapter one.

And I'm scared!

Jumping into an icy lake would be easier.

Someone, push me already.

Do you ever get the jitters before a new phase in your writing process? Or just dive in, no worries? Who else needs a push right now, in writing or in life in general?

If you haven't had a chance, please stop by Sarah Fine's blog where she'll tackle the "In my writing, I always/never_____" question for our Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog series this month. If you missed it, check out Laura's post, mine from last week, and stay tuned for Deb Salisbury's answer next week!

54 comments:

Magan said...

Revisions are never the thing that a writer looks forward to. When I start with chapter one I actually kind of like jumping into revisions on the first few chapters. It's once you get to the middle that is scary.

Babydoll said...

I dread revisions. I'm knee deep in them myself right now and getting deeper. lol I'd rather just write and forget the revisions. Good job on sticking with it! What are blogger budies for if not editing encouragement?!

Christine Danek said...

My revisions are on hold right now to make way for the lovely new idea. I feel like all I talk about revisions too. So don't worry.
I do get nervous when I start a new phase. Not fun. I question my ability to do this.
Good luck and I'll push ya. :) You can do it.

Laura Pauling said...

Sometimes I get a little nervous but that fades once I get into it. It's more like - am I going to do this right? did I miss something - kind of nervousnes.

Good luck!

Liza said...

Good luck! Once you jump in, the water will feel fine!

Lynn said...

Sounds like you have it organized well! Yes, revisions get me nervous, but seeing the final compared to the first is kind of cool...

Carol Kilgore said...

I sometimes need a push. CP's and blogging buddies are great for this.

So do it already :)

And I have an award for you at my blog.

Matthew MacNish said...

I was having a really hard time getting motivated in my own revisions last year. I think I spent over a month without (re)writing a word. This year is going much better though, I'm making plenty of progress!

Her highness, Samantha VĂ©rant said...

I look forward to revisions, really, I do. I love making my work better! That's after receiving input from my CPs, of course! good luck and get er' done!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Actually I have been revising for the Ato Z blogfest, when it comes to the difficult letters out comes the dictionary, I don't envy all the revisions you have to do.
Take care and thanks for your visits.

Yvonne.

Kenda said...

Love your graphic--that says it all for me, too, in my revisions. But we'll get 'er done one stroke at a time :-) Good luck to you!

Ciara said...

Absolutely, I have anxiety with each stage of the writing process. Just do it. *cheers* You can do it, girl.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I get the jitters before the submission process. I don't worry so much about the story writing, but the query writing, synopsizing, etc. sends me scurrying for cover.

I need a huge push. I'm stalled and I get seem to get the gumption up to do anything. I'm blaming it on my yearly late-winter blahs, but this is getting ridiculous.

Connie said...

I'm not fond of revisions either. The only way to do it is jump in. Yeah, the water will be cold, but you'll get used to it.

Trying cannon-balling into the water, i.e. do something to make the revisions fun. Then it's less frightening.

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Because I love you, I just pushed you off the ledge up there in your cute doodle. It's for your own good, but don't worry I left your floaty devise on and jumped in to tell you "You'll be just fine, swim little fishy swim!" I have all the faith that you'll get through this as daunting as it may be. I revise as I go but I do need a metaphorical push to do the chapter I have been dreading. So, I'll jump in with ya, and make it point to start TODAY on the dreaded chapter. :D So in a way, you already pushed me!

Melissa said...

I always hesitate and meander before taking any plunges...but...you know what? Once I start...it's awesome.

So, here it is hun.....

*PUSH!*

mshatch said...

Revisions don't scare me but they do frustrate me. I definitely prefer writing something new to perfecting something old. But those revisions are what will make the story...well, if not perfect, closer to the ideal.

mist of the blossom rain said...

Congratulations! Hopefully once you get the first few chapters down, the rest will be a breeze.
Good luck!

Tracey Neithercott said...

Yes! It's all so overwhelming and there's this idea that maybe I can't accomplish what needs to be done to make this book better. I'm doing revisions right now and each time I get to a note (especially a big one in which I tell myself to move the first half of chapter seven to chapter three and rewrite the second half) I wonder whether the ms will ever turn out as I need it to.

I guess the only thing to do, though, is do it.

Linda Gray said...

You've done all the thinking and organizing (beautifully!) that you need to. Now just let that go and let your heart push your pen!

The Happy Whisk said...

I love revisions, rewrites and editing. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Bossy Betty said...

I give myself about 20 minutes to "stew" and then I set the timer for ten minutes but I always go on after that! Happy rewriting! For for progress, not perfection!

lbdiamond said...

I totally hesitate before jumping in. It feels like so much work all at once, how will I ever make it?

Then I start working through it piece by piece. One day at a time.

You can do it!!!!!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love whatever phase I'm jumping into. Okay, maybe not so much the first draft. But I can't have everything. :D

Lisa Gail Green said...

The hardest part is getting started, so yeah, great analogy! Once you do dive in though, you'll get right back into it. :D

Taryn Tyler said...

Do you ever get the jitters before a new phase in your writing process?

Yes, yes, yes. Always.

Or just dive in, no worries?

No. Not really. Not the no worries part at least. It doesn't usually turn out to be so bad though once I do fall in.

Who else needs a push right now, in writing or in life in general?

Me! I do! Throw me into the query pool right now please. I can't seem to get my feet to move.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss lydia! im just like that picture. i just jump in and start swimming. but i dont got on a inner tube or life jacket. so im gonna keep on swimming so i dont sink down.
...hugs from lenny

Raquel Byrnes said...

I'm neck-deep in revisions and glad to see I'm not the only one that stresses over them.

Old Kitty said...

Awww don't be scared!! Be brave, bold and as beautiful as ever!!!!

Good luck!! You don't need a push, maybe a gentle shove! :-) Good luck and enjoy!!! Take care
x

Rachna Chhabria said...

Jump in Lydia...I am swimming beside you. Revisions can be scary, but don't worry, its a necessary evil. You will do fine. :)

Heather said...

I'm a dive right in kind of person. In fact, you and I are about to be in the same pool! Yay! I'm closing in on the end of my WIP and I'll get to start revising soon. Don't worry, we'll be lapping that pool in no time. ;)

vbtremper said...

Omigosh, Lydia, I'm so with you! Even before a first draft that I'm so excited to jump into, I get all nervous and procrastinatingy (new adjective?). And, seriously, where else but on our blogs can we babble about our writing without people's eyes glazing over?

So babble away!
-Vicki

Krispy said...

Dude, I'm writing a first chapter and I'm scared! We all need some pushes here and there. :) Good luck! You'll do great!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

In a very real way, a book is our child. If you sense your book is in need of revision, your child is calling out to you, "Mama, help me. Help me."

No matter the icy water, what do your instincts say now? Your child is calling out to you for help.

I know you a bit, Lydia. You're going to jump into those icy waters now and help your child.

Have a great swim, Roland

Holly Ruggiero said...

PUSH, PUSH

Yes, I get jittery. Part of it is excitement the other is the dreaded worry it all has to be thrown out.

Carol Riggs said...

Yes, I do get jittery and dread-feeling. What I usually do is open up the document and nose around a bit. That gets me into the "flavor" of it. Then I start fixing a few little/easier points, and after a while I'm sucked in and ready to tackle the more complex/heavier revisions.

So my advice is...get off that diving board, go around to the other end of the pool, and start at the shallow end. Before long, you'll be doing the backstroke in the deep end!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Ugh. Revisions are rough. I'm in the middle of revising two MSs. Not fun.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jump! Do it!
I just need shoves to begin a story.

Shallee said...

I ALWAYS get the jitters before starting a new phase. But as soon as I start, the jitters fade away. Good luck, I hope yours fade too!

Nas Dean said...

Good luck and all the best with your revisions!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Yes, ma'am I took the plunge today ;) I needed the push and I got 2.2k done! I'm swimmin with ya like i said I would

kangaroobee said...

I don't know how you novel writers do it, so daunting. I normally write pbs but right at the mo am editing a rhyming novella. Just a few stanzas each night. I plan to finish this round of edits before I go on to another WIP. 2 picture book submissions are out there and 1 other has just won a critique, so I guess I'm having a bit of a rest, though it never seems like it there are so many other tasks we have to do! best of luck with your revisions!

Jennifer Hillier said...

Sounds like you're ready! Take a deep breath and JUMP IN!

Stephen Tremp said...

I dive in now owrries. I love to write and know my rewrites will be so much better than the previous version.

Steph said...

I love to do revision- on other people's work!
I look forward to being a real writer, and dealing with the chaos!

Andrea Mack said...

Go for it! Once you plunge into the revision waters, you probably won't be scared anymore and you'll get into your story. Besides, it's only words, right? If your revisions don't work out, you can go back to your earlier version.

Jonene Ficklin said...

Oh, I worry plenty, because there's always a LOT of work to be done, and it's hard to forcast how long it will take. Hang in there!

Alleged Author said...

I dive in head first, but sometimes realize it's way too deep!

LeishaMaw said...

Jumping in is hard. Plug your nose and go for it. I'm jumping into a new chapter today. I sue hope it's not too icy. Good luck.

Ghenet said...

I'm currently writing my first novel ever and I keep having to push myself through this process when it gets hard. But it's worth it so I say jump! :)

Kerri Cuev said...

Jumping is an adventure, the sting of the cold water revitalizes , and the finished process is sipping drinks on the beach!

Yeah, kinda like that lol.

Kelly said...

Go! Just do it, Lydia!!!
Minor revisions seem easy, but yes, I procrastinate a little before an overhaul of a chapter or part of the ms!!

itssacred said...

Yes, I definitely get nervous before starting a new rewrite phase. And no, I don't ever tire of hearing about other people's experiences while rewriting. Blog on!

Margo Berendsen said...

Did you dive yet? All these encouraging comments, awesome! I'm writing the last few thousand words of my wip, then I'll have to make that monumental switch to revisions, too, I'm dreading it!

 
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