…Wah, wah, wah.
Clearly, I know the importance of revising my writing. I really do. However, having that knowledge doesn’t make it any more appealing.
Recently, I spoke with some “in the biz.” We discussed some of the revisions that I could make to my middle grade novel, Team Merryweather. Many of the revisions are ones that I noticed as I went through my first two rounds of revisions. A couple of the suggestions, however, were things I hadn’t though as much about, and one of them (eliminating a particular character) totally caught me off guard. The more I thought about it though, the more I thought – what an amazing idea! If I just give more responsibilities to a different character (Miss Gillespie), then I can lay this minor character (Dr. Grant) to rest. I love the idea – but now comes the difficult part.
Now I have to actually sift back through my writing and complete these revisions. I think the biggest problem I have with revising is the idea of revising THE WHOLE NOVEL. It’s soooooo overwhelming to think about. And I know what I need to do is take it bit by bit (you know, eat the elephant one bite at a time, and all that). I think if I can devote 45 minutes to an hour to writing and revisions each day, then this project won’t be such a drastic change to my life.
The only thing now, is finding the balance between my teaching career and my blossoming writing career. Any suggestions???