Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Zen Revisionist Part Two : Perseverance

I'll just warn you up front, this is a cheerleading post.
Go you, Rah Rah, and so forth.
To write, and especially to revise, one needs encouragement, and that's mostly going to come from yourself, from your drive to see things through, when you're sitting alone with a laptop or a notepad, and absolutely no  clue how to write your way out of the problems you made for yourself by starting on this manuscript in the first place.

I'm not going to say "don't get discouraged", because that's not really possible, is it? That's like saying, don't get frustrated, don't get angry, don't get sad. Those are just your emotions. They're gonna do what they're gonna do, after all. And we have to have emotions to write! Emotions are gold.
So, go ahead and get discouraged. Take a minute to wallow. Then remember what that feels like, so you can use it when your MC faces the worst, most disastrous moment of his or her story arc, and must find a way to  carry on bravely anyway.
You can do it.
After all, if our characters can survive all of the horrible ordeals we put them through, certainly we can make it through telling their stories.



Friday, February 15, 2013

The Zen Revisionist Part 1: Patience, Grasshopper

So, I am a confirmed panster when it comes to early drafts of a new manuscript. I love sitting down and just letting the words spill out until I have something like a book put together.
I know that is a terrible mindset to have whilst revising. I know this, and yet I have ignored it on too many  occasions. Once I have revision notes, and a list of fixes, and I just want to tear through them as fast as I can blurt out those first drafts.
No, no, no, silly zombie.
I'm learning to be more zen about the revising process. To take more time with each chapter, paragraph, and sentence. To let the changes I've made stew and simmer for a while, before considering them "finished".
To go back over those changes after a little bit of simmering, and give them a hard stare, and a good kick in the tires.

In other  words, I've realized I have to take my time, and as I've said before, embrace the process. The horrible, horrible process.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A.M. Monster Madness

What did I do all day?
Running?
Yes.
Revising?
.... er... not so much. I'm saving that for after dinner. I promise.
Today, I made Monsters.

Leif


Bjorn

Olaf

Sven

And Erik, of course
The Gang
And why would I spend the morning making monsters, while it snowed outside my window? 
For my Etsy shop, Wild Rabbits. We've been doing mittens for a couple of winters, and they sell well during the snowy season, but it was time to branch out, and find something fun to make for the rest of the year, too. So - Monsters! 


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Punxsuatawney Fabulous

Well, the prediction is official, at least around here -

Looks like it'll be six more weeks of Revising.

Which is fine by me, 'cause I'm loving every part of my life today.

Happy February, one and all.