It Is Never Too Late In Life Or In Fiction To Revise
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
So I had mentioned that lately I've had a difficult time with getting started with my new manuscript. I was feeling less than confident about it even though I'd done an extensive amount of outlining and had written the first paragraph of the manuscript. I don't think it was really that I didn't know where to go with the book, it was more like I just lacked confidence in myself. I didn't know if I was writing a story that was really worth telling or if my story structure was solid, etc. I'd been taking in so much advice lately that I almost felt overwhelmed. I felt as though maybe I wasn't as good at writing as I had thought I was. I was getting doubtful of my abilities as a storyteller and even though the story I had thought up seemed good, I thought maybe it wasn't the right story to tell and that I should think of a different story, although all ideas didn't seem good enough and I was close to giving up. But I knew that I couldn't. I knew I had another novel in me--and not just one, but many.
So I decided to make myself start reading the book on revision. I had read it--at least part of it--before, many years back, but I didn't really remember any of it, although I had highlighted a lot of things in it, so clearly I thought this book was important at the time. I remember this being one of my most-used reference books. I read it with a different eye, though, now, than I read it 20 years ago. It gave me a definite boost of confidence to actually see the process that someone else goes through when coming up with a story and their revision process. It made me see that I am more than talented and that my stories are just as good. It helped me to see how other people form ideas and what kind of pre-planning goes into their stories before they write them. Overall it made me a lot more confident. Although the way he presents writing, it seems like I do an awful lot more outlining than most people which is probably why I have to do a lot less revision than most people. I've found this to be the easier more efficient way. So this revision book has been helpful so far, although maybe not quite in the way the author intended it.
But the good news is that I have got almost 1000 words written on my manuscript now and am almost a third of the way finished with my first chapter. The book is going well now and I'm excited about it again. I'm actually feeling like this is going to be easier than I thought it was going to be and that the story is going to be really good when it's finished. So I'm on the right track now. I will be reading more today and writing more hopefully. At least now I have the motivation and ambition to do so.