Quick Note: This is a series of blog posts many of which have ideas that are based off of Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. I highly recommend reading this book if you typically have problems with the mechanics of writing (plots, character arcs, subplots, revising, etc.). This book is aimed mostly at fiction novels, but these techniques can be applied to most aspects of writing.
Pump Yourself Up:
So it’s been a few weeks,maybe a few months, since you’ve looked at your first draft of your novel. It’s been stewing in a big black pot on the back burner of your thoughts, simmering away until you finally start to think I want to take a peak under that lid.
Once you start thinking that you’re ready to edit, that your book has cooled off for long enough, you probably are. Revising can be a bit intimidating, because you have so much written material. Don’t worry. You’ll be able to revise without a problem. You’re a good enough writer to know that revising is going to make you stronger. It’s going to be what separates you from the wannabe writers.
So pump yourself up this is going to be great!
I’ve talked before about having a writer-self and an editor-self. The two are very different. The writer-self likes things to be a fast paced rush to convert thoughts into language. She’s this energetic creature that you can’t control if you wanted. She’s kind of like a puppy, which makes your editor-self more like a cat. She’s slower paced and likes to take things in before moving on. She contains her energy in small smiles and soft laughs, but she’s just as excited about your writing.
Sometimes your editor-self needs encouraging, especially before she gets started on a large jump, which is why pumping yourself up before revising is important.
How do you pump yourself up? That’s unique to you but here are a few suggestions:
- tell yourself how much of a better writer revising will make you
- tell yourself that revising will make you into a real writer, not someone who pretends to be writer
- listen to music that gets you excited (try looking up jock jams, video game battle music, Celtic music [I like The Elders], and popular music from your teenage years [usually it’ll be upbeat and nostalgic which is a great combo])
- envision yourself with a copy of your printed book: picture holding it for the first time, picture going on a book tour to promote it, picture signing it at a book reading, picture talking to your favorite talk show host about it on tv, whatever gets you excited.
Get excited! You’re about to edit your book. It’s going to be great!
Happy writing (and revising)!
Links to other posts in this series: