It is Wednesday morning, November 3. Yes, I know you know that, yet it is significant enough that I must confess it before I write further. It is Wednesday morning, November 3, and I have not revised one word of my manuscript. Oh, I’ve been working on the novel, but not revising. Today, as soon as this post goes up I will begin.
So, what’s with the delay? As I look back on the past two days, two principles come to mind:
- Everything takes longer to do than you think it will.
- Nothing is as scary as you think it is if you’ll just use your rational, rather than your emotional, mind.
Principle 1: I thought before beginning the revisions I should update the Iseult binder. There was new information I needed to include this time around (some of which required research), name changes, character descriptions, style decisions, and a vocabulary/spelling sheet that needed updating. Piece of cake! I thought. I’ll just whip it all together Monday morning and I’m off writing. Not quite. I was still researching at 12:00 A.M Tuesday morning! However, as of 4:30 P.M. yesterday, the binder is complete (except three words I thought of this morning that I have to look up and write the precise definitions onto the vocabulary page). Today, I truly begin revising.
Principle 2 is a cheerier one. I admit, I have been intimidated by the thought of this revision ever since I committed to it. Oh my goodness! The WHOLE novel!
Tuesday, I at last looked at the manuscript to take the total page count and divide it up between the number of days I know I can work this month. What did that scary, burdensome, insurmountable challenge look like? 25 pages a day. Yes, that’s all. Doing only minor revising, I can do that in two hours. Even with scenes to add and others to flesh out, I can do that in a day!
So, yippee! I’m off and writing. This week’s goal? Pages 1-50, out of 200 total. I’m finally excited.