Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Rivision Runs Through It...

I told someone the other day that I loved revising as much as I loved writing. Man, how full of crap was I?

I'm working on the first revision of "The Machine" today, and it's a slow process that leaves cuts and bruises on both sanity and soul. I enjoy fixing clunky passages and sentences, or trimming fat, but doing so shines a light on how un-tight my writing is to begin with. The whole time I'm writing the story, I feel like I'm the next Heinlein. But the whole time I'm editing, I feel like I'm Crappy McWordsuck, the Guy Who Couldn't Write to Save His Life.

At the end of it, though, I usually come out feeling extremely proud of myself, and have the utmost faith the story will find a home somewhere, sometime. It's the stuff that comes between the writing and the sending, though, that really tests me as a writer.


  1. Hey, you don't suck as a writer. Part of editing is seeing where scenes could be better, or changed. And then, you can go back and always 'beef' it up.

  2. Thanks, WG. It's just difficult sometimes.

  3. I'm sure it is. Just stay positive.