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I am revising. Again.
(John Irving once said, “Half my life is an act of revision,” and Tracy Abell says, “Amen to that.”) My critique group The Writing Roosters gave me feedback on my middle-grade novel, and I began revising accordingly because they’re pretty wise and much of what they said resonated with me.

So far so good.

Then I got a read from my writer nephew who also had a handful of very wise insights. And yesterday I spent hours reworking one earlier scene over and over again until I’d finally gotten it right. I congratulated myself and moved on, only to realize that the subtle changes I’d made in that one scene have to be reflected in later scenes.

Ah, the curse of a tightly woven story.

file2081245101017 (2)Whenever I tug on one thread, there are repercussions throughout, and one of these days I hope to remember that. In the meanwhile, I’ll get back to these seemingly never-ending layers of revision and keep passing the open windows.

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  1. This is the thing I like least about revision, this ripple effect in interdependent scenes. I also write tightly-woven stories, and there is no such thing as a small revision!

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    • LOVE this: “There is no such thing as a small revision!”

      Thank you for sharing that because sometimes I beat up on myself for taking SO FREAKIN’ LONG to finish a revision. But you’re absolutely right about that ripple effect, and I’m going to try very hard to lighten up on myself and my process!

      Happy writing/revision to you!!

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