Is there a Muse of Revision?

Posted Feb 7 2010, 12:09 am

It’s Saturday and icy cold. I sit, tucked under a soft blanket, computer on my lap, and stare at the screen, waiting for inspiration to return.

“Send” is done. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end.

And yet… it’s not done.  Not fully baked. Not the story I wanted to tell.

It’s close, though. So close, I tingle with anticipation.  I’d put the project aside for a few days and return to it now, refreshed.

I have learned I’m not a fan of revision.

I love starting a new project, immersing myself in the lives of the characters I’ve created, getting lost in the zone. Fingers fly over my keyboard, scene after scene fills the hard drive, haunting my dreams when I stop. I don’t know why but that doesn’t happen for me during the revision process.

Is there a muse of revision? I need one.



2 responses to “Is there a Muse of Revision?”

  1. I hear ya! But the book is in the revision. Without it you would have only an enjoyable personal project. If you don’t put in the work of editing you’ll never truly finish the book. Think of it as part of the accomplishment and the time spent revising is part of the process to make your story the best it can be.

    Best of luck to you. I feel your pain. It’s not my favorite part of writing either. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

    • Patty says:

      True words! Thanks for the encouragement. BTW, love the “Bang Head Here”. *grins*

      I did well – revised twelve chapters this evening. A few had some major surgery. Nouns, verbs, blood, guts all over the floor – not pretty. But necessary. There are scenes I want to add, so had to make sure I don’t mess with the pace.