Thursday, 3 June 2010

In the Beginning

It never rains, but it pours! Having received a comprehensive and constructive editorial review on my literary novel (let's call it Project A) from that bright young publishing intern Weronika Janczuk, I've also received a revisions letter from the romance e-publisher Wild Rose Press (let's call this Project B).  And I'm supposed to be working my way through the ever-expanding (and daunting!) reading list for my South African Border War story, known as Project C.

Gasp.

Right now I'm running around in a sweat. How will I know what to do? Where do I start? Will I be good enough to get the revisions up to standard? A dozen other panic-stricken insecurities are engulfing me.

What I need to do is ground myself so I can focus. 

Focus! Focus! Focus!

To this end, and to keep me on the straight and narrow,  I've decided to keep a daily diary of the revision process.  Even if it's a line a day, I'll record the journey all the way from start to finish.

Once a week I'll post the agony and the ecstasy of the revision road on the blog...if I survive the process!  And, as every journey begins with a single step, this post marks the beginning of my latest writing adventure. 

Let the revisions begin...

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8 comments:

Damaria Senne said...

I look forward to hearing about it. I could learn a lot from the process too. And congrats for reaching Revision Road on 3 novels. You have come a long way and have done a lot of the major work already.

Judy Croome said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Damaria. Although Project C (the border war story) is still in the research stage. And I should be revising the romance, not procrastinating on blogger!

Amanda Holly said...

Judy that is awesome news! I'm doing the happy jig for you! It's all coming together girlfriend ... the end is nigh ...

Sure there's a lot of work to be done - but it's doable! Yay!

Claire Robyns said...

Congrats, Judy. Look forward to following you along as you do a wonderful job on those revisions!

Anita said...

Oh I'm so excited for you. I know you're going to love revising, but when to stop? I know you're going to insist on perfection from yourself. Good luck!

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Oh wow, wow wow!!!! Congrats on ALL of that! This is where things start, you know, and you're going to do really well, I already know. I look forward to reading the journey!

Judith Mercado said...

Congratulations. I'm proud of you and excited for you.

Judy Croome said...

AMANDA: Doing the happy dance with you! :) And I’m being to think it can be done…

CLAIRE: I’ll be holding up your shining example as my inspiration!!

ANITA: You are soooo right! I’ve already revised the first 8 pages about 4 times – then I forced myself to move on because perfection is impossible and I can only do so much revising!

MICHELLE: You’re making me even more excited :) I’m also sure this is a new start and I’m looking forward to seeing where the road takes me!

JUDITH: Thanks! It is an exciting time!