Thursday, July 1, 2010
Getting Out of My Own Way
I have had many irritating thoughts as I've moved things around in my revision. "I can't move that scene forward--I'm going to lose that great first line", and "But if I move that, then I'm going to have to change those two words." These thoughts have frustrated my revising and kept me from moving forward. There are words and ideas that are good, very good--that I love--that I must change to make things work the way they should. And I'm reticent to change. Normally I have no problem throwing everything, and anything away, but these past few months, I've been getting in my own way. It took me a whole trip to Chicago, a trip where I wanted to focus at least my thoughts on my writing, to get past myself. I finally committed to the new direction of this novel--a direction I had chosen months and months ago.
Maybe it sounds like I'm saying that I'm the wall impeding my own progress, but it's not that at all. I'm standing in my own way for a good reason. I want to block my own progress until I'm really sure that I'm heading in the right direction. Because as my alpha can attest, I can seriously go off on the wrong tangents at times. So, blocking my own way is necessary to get where I need to go. I reconsider and reconsider until the direction is clear. And now it is. That doesn't mean that it's going to be easy. But, I've climbed over the wall that I've built for myself, and from here, I can at least see the rest of this revision.
I signed up for writeoncon today--who's with me??
And, looking for Steve's answers to your awesome questions from last week's Friday Feature? He answered them in this post at his blog. Thanks, Steve!
Stay tuned for this week's Friday's Feature, with the fantastic Natalie Aguirre, whom you might have met at inkwell.
So, what gets in your way during revisions (or drafting)--time, obligations, you? How do you get beyond the walls that stand in your way?