October 1, 2010


I love revision. My love for revision is inversely equivalent to my love for writing queries. When I get into a groove on revising, the words to "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof change to "Revision," and I hear the chorus shouting it over and over in my head.

I'm 1/3 of the way through TTS, and I am in such a good mood. Why? Well for one, if I'm revising, that means I have a finished manuscript. It always feels good to finish a novel. But more importantly, I'm taking what is most assuredly a crappy draft and making it awesome. I'm still concerned there might be too much world building in the first two chapters, but I just finished chapter 11 and am totally jazzed. I've really tightened a lot of stuff that was loose before and the whole progression of events is solid. I'm enjoying this story as a reader not just a writer, and that's always a good sign. Really, I think it's the best sign. If you would sit down and read your work for the sake of reading it, then you've written something you truly enjoy for its own merits and not just the obligatory sense of accomplishment.

And not to toot my own horn, but that first chapter I wrote where Otwald first goes to the Triad Society? Holy hell, that was some good world building. I'm mean, damn fine. Sometimes I really do feel like I have the skill to not only succeed at all this, but to be awesome at it.

Fingers crossed that holds true for when this goes out to beta readers. LurkerWithout didn't like WANTED, and I value his opinion as a reader. He reads a billion books a month, so if he likes it, that carries weight with me.


  1. It's a good sign when you're enjoying the revision process. Just make sure not to end up caught in the vortex of always revising, never submitting. It's so easy to fall into that trap.

  2. I have a very rigid review process to avoid that (which has happened to me in the pass--that's why I don't revise during first draft writing). Once this revision is finished, I sent it out to beta readers. I apply their feedback and revise again. When that's finished, I query agents.

    I try to provide the best novel I can when I send out to beta readers. I need to weigh some world building text in chapters 1 and 2 and whether it should get chopped/moved. Otherwise, the only changes I'll be making to the first 11 chapters now is to fix any misalignment with information presented in later chapters or any changes I make to later chapters.

  3. Thanks, Joe! With that tune running through my head, I think I'll enjoy revisions all the more. That, or I'll never get anything accomplished because I'll be too busy singing. (Yeah, probably the latter.)