Sunday, July 24, 2011

gratitude day 22: revision

"funny that hurts" by brandi strickland

i spent two days this week in downtown salt lake city, away from family and friends and other responsibilities revising my novel. and guess what? i love revising! i was able to get more done in those two days of uninterrupted time than i have in all the past 3 months of working on it. something about immersing myself in the story for a longer stretch of time helped me to see the whole picture in my head and discover ways i might make a good story great.

if it weren't for revising, i couldn't be a writer. it would be too depressing to look at my first draft and know it was good but not quite good enough. revisions for me are the fun, joyous part of writing.

and all this revision and chipping away and rewriting and rewriting a scene again and again until it is the best that i can create got me thinking. [it's another writerly trait i have, this tendency towards thinking and pondering].

about revisions in life. about how we have a lifetime to revise ourselves, a lifetime to work on becoming the person we want to be. a lifetime to develop virtues and character traits that make us great.

there are only a few certain things in life: we will die. we will pay taxes. and we will make mistakes. and that's fine because the next minute, the next hour, the next day or year we have the chance to try again, to do better.

until we are better.

so here's to a lifetime of revisions, friends! and a big, GIANT thank you to mr. coleman for making my magical retreat possible: financing, child care, moral support, late-night texts, house cleaning and all. i realize i am a blessed girl.


  1. I love that you got to have some time to concentrate, what a treat. And what a great husband you have. :) I enjoy your blog and your fb posts, even though I don't always have time to comment, you're an inspiration to me. So happy for you, I can't wait to read your work!

  2. Very inspiring. :) I am so glad that you got a lot done. I didn't get quite as much, but I did get more than normal done this weekend, so I am happy! ;)

  3. This is so true! I love that we can revise our lives when necessary.

    I am so glad you were able to get so much done during your time away from family. Yay for supportive husbands!

  4. this is the truth: i can't imagine the parts of the story that i read getting much better. i'm still thinking about some of it; i cannot WAIT to read more. you are so talented. (this post is even more proof of that - so beautifully written as always). so glad you had a nice, productive weekend!

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  7. I need to read your book. Come on. Wah, wah, wah. Why do I have to wait like everyone else? :)

  8. ditto to jana & anna, especially the wah, wah, wah part!