Wednesday, February 23, 2011

RTW -- My Question for You...

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic: What do you want to know about writing and getting published?

I've been working on revisions a lot lately so I've been thinking about different methods of revisions a lot. It seems like I have a new method for each book because I haven't found the one method that works for me. In my travels, though, I have had one question that keeps popping up.

How do you work on revisions when your book is the last thing you want to see? How do you rewrite that scene one more time when all you want to do is throw your computer out the window?


Miss Cole said...

I get an outside opinion because I know I'm so blind to what I've written I need help to show me what really needs work. Joining a writing class for this purpose was the best thing I ever did :)

Oh, and read it outloud. No matter how crazy it seems to read aloud to yourself, it's the best way to hear the faults.

Good luck finding the thing that works best for you!

Alicia Gregoire said...

If I'm ready to throw everything out the window, I take a step back. I can't edit when I'm in that frame of mind.

KO: The Insect Collector said...

I so hear you. I think you have to either just push through (and get to a place where you feel more positive about what you're working on) or take a break and get some space. Then come back when you're ready.

Kate Hart said...

Yep, what they said. Give it to someone else or stick it in a drawer for awhile. Depending on the situation, I might even go so far as to flirt with a new SNI. I'm kind of a hussy though.

NiaRaie said...

I honestly look at my WIP like it's something that needs to be conquered. I get frustrated, try and try, walk away, take deep breaths, and then go at it until I whip it into shape!

Sarah Nicolas said...

I'm going to have to second everything everyone before me said! Also, it helps me to think of it like this: my time is very valuable. Then I think about how much time I've already spent on it and what a waste it would be if it were all for nothing.

Horserider said...

Thanks everyone! :) Very good advice!

Miss Cole: I want to get a beta reader's opinion, but I don't feel comfortable sending something to them that I KNOW still has issues.

Kate: LOL I may have already started flirting with a new SNI. I have to play with something else during revisions.

Nia: Ooo that's a good one. I'll think about that.

Sarah: I was thinking about how much time I spent on it yesterday. The problem was I was wondering if all the time I AM spending on it is going to be for nothing.