I was reading Kelly Marstad’s blog the other day and I had an epiphany of sorts.
Her blog post http://kellymarstad.blogspot.com/2008/11/fatten-up-your-baby.html is about having to add to your manuscript after you’ve decided it’s complete.
I don’t like revisions. And I could never figure out why. But, somewhere during her post, I realized something:
I don’t like making sewing alterations, either.
So what has that got to do with it, eh?
Well, when I sew, I take a length of fabric, a pattern, and all the trimmings and I create something new.
Same as with my writing. I love to start a manuscript, get my creative juices flowing, and work until it’s done to my satisfaction. Then, I send my ms, one chapter at a time, to my CP’s and see what they say. When their critiques come back, it’s time for revisions.
In sewing, you take the completed article and change it either to fit someone or to repair it – like a broken zipper.
But, I don’t like doing sewing alterations. It’s not creative enough.
Ah – but writing revisions can be as creative as you want to make the process. You layer your ms by adding details, descriptions and dialogue. You dig deeper into the conflict. And, you strengthen your story.
I just have to look at it as a new creative process and not an alteration of an old one.
Does this make sense to you?