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The Why Of Revision.

Hi Everyone!!

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So. I’ve been thinking… I know, I know. But, Er, these blog posts are always long when you think! Maybe, but I’m working on a revision for my new MS and I was thinking about motivation and the WHY of revision.

So you’re bounding along in your first draft. It’s great. You’re getting words. You have a sort-of plot (if you’re a pantser, if you’re not, you’ve got a well-thought-out plot) either way, you’ve got some semblance of a story going. You step back for a while. A couple weeks, a month–whatever your marinating time, and come back. THIS is the time to ask WHY.

Why did I write this story?
Why is my MC doing what she’s doing?
Why does the reader want to read this?
Why is my MC perfect for this story?

So I started asking myself WHY when it came to my current WIP and you know what? I didn’t know the answers right away. So I discovered that I needed to bring out more to make it believable, bring out the essence of this particular MC. I keep trying to capture what I had in my last MS but this isn’t the same story or the same characters. So I’ve been asking myself why I chose to write this one. Why did I choose to make the MC how she is? It may seem obvious to do, but it wasn’t to me.

Sometimes I think we get SO into a story that we forget to ask why. No matter what, our characters need to have reasons for doing what they’re doing and it’s our job to make them believable.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking a step back and I’m going to make sure this MC is the right MC for the job, and that this story and its characters are believable. I’m not just going to put words on a page because that’s what you do after a first draft. I’m going to make sure they mean something, ’cause I care about every one of those words and who may possibly read them. That’s what asking why is about. It’s about making sure your words tell your story the way you wanted, and about making readers feel what you felt when you put them on the page.

So ask why. It may be the most important thing you can do during a revision.

What about you? Do you always ask WHY when you revise?

Have a great rest of the week, rockers!

erica

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My Revision Journey Told Through Disney GIFs

Hi Everyone! Hope your Sunday is going well ;o) So, lately I’ve been revising and wanted to do a post on what it feels like. The ups and downs, turns, that kind of thing (original huh? LOL). BUT I thought I would tell it through Disney GIF’s instead since it’s more fun and I’ve always been a visual person and I love GIFs. Here we go!

My revision journey told through Disney GIFs.

I start out thinking there are SO many possibilities!

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 I’m so EXCITED! This is going to be the best MS I’ve revised EVER!

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Then the real work begins and it seems like an endless climb…

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Each step seems never-ending.

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I quickly arrive at the stage where I think everything is total crap.

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I start to change things I NEVER thought I would which makes me feel like I’m completely messing everything up.

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Every morning I look like death.

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I think I’m starting to catch a stride then something derails me.

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I feel like nothing makes sense in the story anymore.

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I try to add backstory and I either add too much or too little.

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So I decide to start from the beginning and see what works and what doesn’t. I end up deleting some of my favorite scenes.

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Then I feel like this.

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I start getting pulled into different plot holes and internal monologue traps.

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After putting the pieces back together and getting everything in its spot.

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I regroup. Because I can’t stay in Wonderland forever.

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I start climbing to the top of that wall.

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Work Hard.

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And make my MS just as beautiful as the first version, but better.

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I fall, but there’s always someone to catch me.

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And even though I feel like this…

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And I realize how hard it is to say goodbye to a different version of my story…

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I believe in this book and I want it to be the best.

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It WILL be the best!

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Anyone else feel like this? How do you get through it?

Have a great week!

erica

 

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Revision. Are We Making It Worse?

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having fantabulous weeks. Mine’s been… not bad. Some good stuff, some annoying, you know, the normal…

Anyhoo.

I’m smack-dab in the middle of a revision right now. *ahem* let’s call it what it is — a rewrite.

GASP.

I know. Awful. But I (and some others) recognized some plot issues. So thus, I had to dive back into the pits of hell–I mean, revision. So here’s my issue this time around… we’re talking five or six versions now.

I’m thinking these changes I’m making, albeit they are needed, are messing it up more. Seriously. I feel like I’m shredding the cheese (notice I didn’t say cutting, ’cause, well… that’s just wrong on so many levels. Kind of funny, though. Okay back to the post) but the cheese is already shredded and now it’s in like tiny bits of yellowy (oh, no you didn’t just add a y to yellow. Oh, yes. I did,) orange mush. Like changing these aspects of this version of the MS is going to take me back to zero.

I hate that feeling. You too?

So I sat down and thought about it, ie wrote this blog post, and I realized that the MS is a living, breathing thing. A creature of our imaginations. A manifestation of our dreams. So, it’s going to change. It will bend and curve and twist until it doesn’t even look like the same creature. But that’s okay.

I’m going to repeat.

That’s Okay. Whew. I’m glad I could get that out.

Will my MS be better than it was? YES. Because I’m not going to stop until it is. *fistbump*

How ’bout you all? Have you felt like this before? Do you have to be at the end of the process to see everything for what it is?

That’s my Zeuser up there in the pic. He’s the best writing accessory I have ;o) Well, Scrivener’s pretty awesome too.

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Have a great rest of the week!

<3 Er

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