3 S.R. Johannes: Over the Hump

Monday, September 29, 2008

Over the Hump

I am finally over my first hump in the revision process.

For the past 6 weeks, I have been re-plotting, re-writing, and re-cutting my entire YA novel (50,000 words and 400 pages worth). I am in the home stretch - the last 1/3 of the book which is where the fewest changes occurred.

I stayed up until 1 am last night fighting through the mangled mess of words and events only to shoot out the other side.


I can breath a sigh of relief. I made it and I did not know if I would. After all, I gave up on my first book at this stage because it was just too hard.

But this time, I fought through it and finally see a glimmer of light and hope at the end of my writing tunnel. Out of 150 pages, I have rewritten 2/3rds of the book. It has been the hardest, most frustrating, exhausting, mind-boggling journey.

I am about to rebirth a brand new baby and I love what it has become. I am a proud mama. Thanks to Harold and Eileen at First Pages (the proud grandparents :)

Now that I am out of the fog and have been rejuvenated. I am almost ready to submit to agents. I feel good about my manuscript and am ready to get started.

My book is better than it was before.

Came across this quote and it felt very appropriate for my situation:

"You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence."(Octavia Butler)"

So 3 cheers for completing the revision process!!!!!!

At least until the next one ;)


Katie Anderson said...

WOW!!! I am jealous! How long did the whole process take you? What an amazing accomplishment. I am 30,000 words in and it's getting much harder to write at this point...

See ya this weekend! Woo hoo!!!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

i have been writing since 2007 but it seems like Ive gone through 3 different books!

Anonymous said...

This post is hugely impressive because rewriting 2/3rds of the book IS new book. And it sounds like the buzz you're getting from agents has proved this process successful for you.

Anonymous said...

Octavia Butler's quote is awesome. It's a good reminder not to give up on ourselves or on our particular process.

Carrie Harris said...

That quote is so true. I think a lot of writers end up giving up because of that letdown when they realize that it's not the perfect mannie that they wanted. I always tell people that's where the fun stops and the real work begins!