Yesterday, I finished the revisions on my historical novella that will be in the Four Weddings & a Kiss “Western brides” collection (June 2014). It was a fun story and a relatively easy revision, and the novella is now in the capable hands of my line editor.
This morning, I’ve been reading through all of the track changes markups on and the revision letter from my editor for my historical novel, The Heart’s Pursuit (May 2014). A lot more work has to be done on this story. It’s made harder because a lot of time has passed since I turned the book in and I’ve been working with other sets of characters since then. It takes me awhile to become fully immersed in a storyline again. I have to remember what I wrote months ago and then also keep straight what the editor wants. I have to decide what changes I agree with and what changes don’t work for me as the author. [Tweet “Some authors really love the revision phase. I am not one of those authors.”]
It isn’t because I don’t want to do the work and/or don’t see the need for it. The main reason I’m not one of them is my own fear and insecurities (most creatives have plenty of both) which I wrote about on Saturday.
- I’m afraid I won’t remember the things I need to…
- I’m afraid I won’t be able to take the editor’s suggestions and do something good with them…
- I’m afraid my head will explode from everything I have to remember!
Anyway, my brain and I have headed back to 1873 this morning and will be living there for the remainder of August.
Has anybody seen my six-shooter?