Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Re-Vision

Why are revisions so difficult? Because a real revision (not tweaking here and there) requires seeing in a whole new way. RE—VISION.
 
By the time a story is submitted, it’s been revised and tweaked many times. So when it returns with an R & R (revise and resubmit) request, what writers consider as good a non-acceptance as there can be, it’s because it’s not the other R, the final one. (Rejection)
Revision! Yippy! But now I have to look at the story in a new way.

Maybe what I thought the story was about turns out not to be. Maybe a character that meant so much to me doesn’t serve the story well. Maybe a sub-plot is more of a main plot, or the plot isn’t a plot at all.

But…they liked it enough to want to see it again. Now, if I could only figure out why or what they liked… because a house once carefully constructed now feels wobbly, and the removal of a few of its support beams threatens to make the whole come tumbling down…

This is where Re-Vision is crucial.  To let go of the house I built and carefully decorated, I try to imagine the inner-walls in different places. Try to imagine a different entrance. Imagine re-doing the upper floor.

Well, that about describes the process from the outside. From the inside—there are no words, except—

It’s hard.

 

I just got through it, again. The house is still standing. Have faith, you can do it.

6 comments:

  1. It's funny how in the writing process, sometimes you end up telling a story that's very different from the one you'd set out to write, even in a first or second draft. Things happen, and an R&R offer is great news! Hope they like it, and that you've ultimately enjoyed revisiting your manuscript.

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  2. Hugs, Mirka, and congrats on having completed your revision. I liked your analogy very much.

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  3. Me needs new vision. AARR!

    Love,
    Janie

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  4. I'm glad you got through your revisions. I've completely reworked several novels in revisions. It can feel overwhelming at times.

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  5. Great analogy. It is like moving walls around and remodeling. With some novels, beta readers and editors suggest a few tweaks while others are major overhauls.

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  6. So often I end up tweaking rather than overhauling. I need to go back over some of my stories and really re-vision them. Thanks for the nudge.

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