RTW: A Hazy Shade of Winter
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question to write about on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This week's topic: For many, December is a post-NaNoWriMo revision haze! How do you approach editing/revising? Any tips or tricks or resources you can share?
“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I love to revise. I love to take a draft and hack at it or flesh it out or do whatever I need to do to make it better. Winter is approaching (boo) and it's a great time to hunker down and work hard.
I don't normally prepare for big revisions. There's no routine or set schedule or step-by-step process. My revision techniques are mainly intuitive. This draft of BEAUTIFUL BIRD (which I cannot get out of my head or my heart) is so choppy, so awful, so unfit for human consumption that I'll spend a first-go-round making it presentable. This could take days or it could take months. At some point I'll let my trusted CPs take a peek and send me their initial thoughts.
The only thing I plan to do is to compile a brand-spanking new revision playlist, which to date includes:
- Til Kingdom Come - Coldplay
- The Ghost in Your Mind - Black Lab
- Everything - Stereo Fuse (which is a cover of a Material Issue song I adored when I was in high school and college and now I adore this one, too)
- Until You - Dave Barnes
- 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
- Everything Changes - Matthew Sweet
- Come Around - Rhett Miller
There will be lots of coffee involved, probably a few write-ins with other MNYA writers, and lots of quality time in the writing cave.
Here's a little sample from the playlist:
Got any great tips for revising you'd like to share? What's your process? Do you lurrrve revising or despise it?