I was soundly scolded for having seven finished manuscripts (maybe more actually, I have a hell of a time counting them) that need revising. I know I’ve complained about revision before and I know I’ll complain about it again, but it’s time to put my shoulder to the wheel, my nose to the grindstone, the pedal to the metal, metaphor, metaphor, metaphor.
I reread my NaNoWriMo story from last year and I absolutely loved it. I don’t think I’ve talked too much about it, but it turned all goofy all quick.
That happens sometimes with NaNoWriMo. A weird little thought becomes a thing and then all of a sudden, here is a story that you actually really love. I sent the poor people back to WWI. Nikola “Call me Nikki” Tesla and shit 😂! Incidentally, if you’re looking for good info on WWI, check out Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. Oh my God, it was amazing and heartbreaking and full of information. My nerd posse threw out a ton of great information on WWI, too. Otto Dix made some incredible prints after the war. Listening to Dan Carlin’s descriptions of things, then looking at Dix’s prints… just… ooph. It’s horrible to think about. Anyway. If you’re into being totally sad and wanting to eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s, check it out.
Case being, it’s an awesome, fun (sexy!) story and it needs to get out there. I want to hold an actual copy of this book in my hands. I’d also like to know what its title is because it hasn’t quite whispered it to me yet, either. The cover, all of it.
So, I was scolded that these stories should be out there. What’s the point of writing them if they aren’t out to the world? I mean, sure, I love them. I write for myself so much. I am my target audience. A slightly awkward, geeky (but with a tendency to veer into full blown nerd), overeducated mom who really enjoys Vietnamese food and burritos and cheeseburgers. HA! It’s not like this can be my job if all I’m doing is reading them myself, you know? If I’m going to be a writer when I grow up, well, I gotta do this too.
In any case, I took a workshop last month about getting through revisions in a speedy, clever way and I’ll start doing it in earnest. I’m going on vacation with my fam later this month and I wonder if I can bust through Cop Drama and The Reluctant Veterinarian. Because both of those are finished, they just need revisions and a few tiny tiny rewrites.
My goal, for now, is to get these two books out, then finish writing LuLo2. My goal is to get all of these out by March of next year. That’s like one a month. Time to get to it. Time to treat this like a job again. If I want it bad enough, well, I’ll have to work for it. And, in the meantime, I’ll still be scribbling because I just don’t feel right if I’m not working on something new. Although how I’m going to manage all of this I have no idea.
What are your favorite revision tricks? And, more importantly, how do you keep yourself going when you realize you have a stack of 7, 9, 10!? manuscripts to revise? 😂