Why I suck at revising

Okay, so I officially suck at revising. I was always taught that the whole idea of revising is to take out the unnecessary bits and clean up the good stuff. I’m okay at cleaning up the parts that I like, it’s the removing parts that I suck at. My problem is that if I take out one scene, I usually end up replacing it with two or three more scenes, which I then have to go back and edit and revise again. It turns in to a nasty game of edit, revise, and add, where nothing really gets done and three years later I still haven’t finished a thing.

That’s the problem with my first NaNoWriMo story Stained. What makes it even worse is that as my main character develops through the other stories I wrote as part of NaNoWriMo, I look back at the first story and realize I wrote her wrong so I then go back and try to correct it. Which is why, three years later, I’m still working on the edits. But on a good note, if I ever get to the point where I feel confident enough in the story to publish it, I will be able to put all the books in the story out one right after another. So at least there won’t be much waiting time.

At the very least, this whole revising process/frustration has given me a new goal. I have added on to my original new year’s resolution, finish revising/re-versioning Stained by the end of the year. Seeing as how I just finished working on Chapter Two, I have my work ahead of me.

On another note, I had an excellent trip and I’m looking forward to March. With the Now What months almost over, I can focus on writing again. I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head that I want to get on paper. I haven’t quite reach the writing stage, but I’m getting there. Hopefully I’ll have something up soon.

But here’s a picture that I took on my trip that has some ideas running through my head.

 Three young women walking through a frozen forest…can’t wait to see what happens next.


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