Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Let The Revision Begin!
No, no, not the Bush administration's attempt to salvage the Dubya's legacy. That barrel has long since careened over the Falls and crashed apart on the rocks.
Yesterday I sat down and dug right into my book revisions. I have a new and improved first chapter. And my conflict is just so.... conflicty! I've been buoyed by other writers, who have explained that EVERYONE revises, rewrites and reworks their books through out the entire publishing process.
I am happy.


Amanda said...

If it ain't broke, don't fix it (see previous comment last post!)

If you writters are always revising tings, how do you know when a book is finished?

Barbara Fischkin said...

Kim, Amanda sounds like a wonderful, supportive friend but, alas, most books do get better with revision. The key is to make sure you have a good editor - it's my impression you have one! -- standing over your shoulder to prevent over-revision. Yes that does happen too.

Having said all of the above is anyone surprised that so many writers, present company included, are nuts?

keep at it!! someone who writes as well as you do - and is as funny as you are -- will pull this off with great success!

xoxo B

Kim Stagliano said...

Amanda, it was broke. Trust me. I've hatched a lovely plan to energize the story. Barbara, I'm not over revising - but once you pull out a story domino you KNOW how that goes..... What I've done is to shift the story several degrees in one direction - so now I have to reorient everyone in it a bit. No problem. No problem at all. (yikes!)

Amanda said...

Be grateful you have a computer - imagine doing it the old fashioned way with a red pen!!

Barbara Fischkin said...


I have been there. I know. You will get through it. Ah, but it is like re-arranging furniture. Change one room or less and the whole house needs heavy lifting.

Kim Stagliano said...

Not to mention the dust bunnies (crappy writing) you expose! Thanks, Barbara!

Laura said...

Good luck getting the revisions done, Kim! I'm sure the book will be amazing! I hear you on the dust bunnies. My brain and house seem to have lots of those.

Tena said...

I love revision. It's those butt ugly first drafts that drive me to drink. I guess I should say thank you. (Hiccup.)