Okay, I haven’t blogged since the middle of October. My excuse is that, in addition to a full-time day job (teaching), I’ve been fretting over a revision request on a mg novel I’ve subbed. Chipping away at the manuscript. Slow-going but I’m still at it. Whoever said, “Writing is rewriting,” knew what they were talking about. Anyone can write; it’s rewriting that shapes and makes the story. I liken it to having children. Giving birth is the easy part.
My first revision goal was Thanksgiving. I’ve since moved it forward to post-holidays. Sigh. I wish my day job didn’t get in the way, but then, I probably work better under pressure. Less time to procrastinate (although I still do – I am a veritable genie at procrastination. In addition to the real pressures, I can pull more things out of thin air to keep me foolishly busy.)
I continue to be surprised at this story as I revise. Someone on the Blueboards called it “breaking open the manuscript.” It’s just such a slow process for me. Is it like that for everyone? I’ve read and re-read the agent’s editorial letter and am trying to keep in mind the well-known advice to “edit with a feather,” but it’s hard. At the same time, I’m missing working on my other mg story, which is in the first draft stage and lots more fun to work on.
Warning – Rambling Thought here: I am looking at signing up for the Vermont MFA program. Thinking about the hours it would take each week to get through it…hmmm. Any thoughts or advice?