Let me just say that one more time:
I've been revising as I go, so this work is in various stages of progress. The actual ending is very rough, but I got there. :)
*shiver of thrill*
I am super excited to continue revising. I love this book, still. After a year (or more) of growing this idea. I do love it, still. Instead of the sinking feeling of something's-not-working, I have the feeling of I-know-what-I-need-to-do.
Again, let me repeat.
I KNOW what I need to do.
Let me just explain the emphasize--in case those-who-don't-know-me-well mistakes it for egomania, or tooting my own horn. I am surprised to be sitting in the place of comprehension. Of understanding my own writing well enough to draft to my strengths and revise to my weaknesses. Of actually knowing how to fix my weaknesses, and make them strengths.
Maybe I shouldn't be surprised--I've been working darn hard to get here. By writing writing writing, by reading about craft. By doing crits for others. By revising revising revising. It's been a long road, and one which will continue on as long as I write.
I am surprised and thrilled to FINALLY feel like I can give a novel its PROPER DUE. :)So this weekend, I cleansed the palette, and read John Green's book THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I love this article about it, and how YA isn't just for kids anymore (but we already knew that, yes?).
|This palette, not the taste palate. :), although I also had a glass of wine to celebrate.|
The least (and perhaps the most) that I can say after reading this book, is that it made me "Feel All The Things". Which I have heard that John Green said was his intention. (I looked for the basis of this quote, and couldn't find it, but love that it started this blog chain.)
So, John Green, in my opinion, did what he intended to do.
What is your intention with writing? Is it to make people Feel All The Things? Or something else entirely?
What, as writers (or parents, or people) do you intend to do this week? This month? This ROWing session?
If it is unclear from my BOLD FACE above, I am having a smashing time doing ROW 80, and sticking to my goals. If I keep up at this pace, (which is writing 2 hours or 1K a day), then I will be successful with this novel. I'm setting myself up for success. How about you?
I am officially one step closer to new boots. :)
Now, back to the revision cave...