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Monday, December 13, 2010

Waiting is Not Always a Bad Thing.......

For those of you who have been following me on my journey, the first part is complete.

That is, I have completed my first draft.

That is, I have written a book.

*deep breath* *collapses*

Granted, said draft is no where near being ready to be sent out into the world, but it is finished.

I have taken the advice of other wise authors who are in varying stages of publication and have let the story sit, mesh, gel, morph, congeal in my head. I haven't touched it in a while.

And boy do I miss it! I miss my characters and my villains and the kissing (especially the kissing). I miss the magic and the world.

But I can see that I needed the space from it.

I'm so glad that I listened because now I am able to go back through my printed manuscript, cross out a paragraph (or several pages), and write, "Really, Janelle? Really?" (Tamy laughs whenever I do this around her. I can't imagine why.)

I've been able to really flesh out aspects of the world that are missing from the story and see things that just don't make sense.

At the same time, I am also able to go back and see a part that I really like and draw a heart next to it. Or a smiley face. There is a certain scene that I feel in my stomach whenever I read it. I know what Skye is going through in that moment. And I feel it. Every. Time. (Yes, Di. You know which scene I'm talking about.)

Now I'm ready to jump back in. I'm ready to polish this baby up and send it out in to the world. I'm ready to cut what needs to be cut, even if it's something I adore, for the good of the story.

And it's gonna be a lot of work!!! But I'm ready for it!

The question is are you??? ;o)


Do you let your writing sit before you revise??