I meant Wednesday’s post to be a less cliché version of saying, “If it’s not hard, it’s not worth it.” But according to a lovely little Twitter discussion, it came across like “If it doesn’t maim you, break your bones, destroy your spirit, or kill you, it might make you stronger.”
No more life=writing for me.
For the sake of clarity, here are the points I was trying (and failing) to share:
- Revising is not fun or easy, but it is necessary.
- An outsider can identify flaws in your manuscript better than you can.
- Other people (*cough* you know who you are) have more experience, know what makes a story interesting, and will suggest ways to make it the best story possible.
- Making changes is hard, but rewarding.
I always referred to revising as a necessary evil. It get easier as you go . . . as if one small change lends itself to the bigger picture and before you know it, you have transformed your mc into a stronger, more solid character.
Lindsay N. Currie
I second all of these things!