Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I Think She's Talking to You

So how did you do on your revising?

Um…are you talking to me?

Yeah…I’m talking to you. So how did it go?

Well, I got the garden planted.

Okay. That’s great. But what about the revising?

Hey! We made s'mores last night. Yum!

Oh... I see what you’re doing. You’re trying to avoid me. Well guess what? Since I’m your conscience, you can’t. HA!

Okay, fine. I only got through one-third of my ms. There. Now you know. *making a sad puppy dog face*

One third? That’s not bad.

*tilting head, trying to clear ears* I think… *trying once more to clear ears* I think I heard you wrong. Did you say that wasn’t bad? *looking at self in shock*

Yeah, I did. One third is a lot of work.

Yeah…yeah it is! *smiling overcoming sad face* I totally got my garden planted, ate s'mores AND revised one third of my ms. Woo hoo! I’m on a roll!

Now. How long do you think it will take you to finish that last two thirds?

Well…*nervous coughing* …Hey, I have an idea. Do you want to come make s'mores with me?

*eyes narrowing* Are you trying to distract me with your delicious chocolaty treat?

Would I do something like that? *seesh*

Yes. Yes, I believe you would.

Then, yes I am.

Oh, well in that case. I think it’s a great day for s'mores and revising. What do you say.

Chocolaty goodness AND getting work done? *laughing in delight* I give it two thumbs up!

Alright. Let’s get to work.

On the revision or the s'mores?

Good question.

Hey guys! I’m glad to be back. I’ve got one third of my ms finished. (But I can’t stop making changes! What’s wrong with me?)

I have one question for you. How long does it take you to do your revisions and what are the best treats to eat during the revision process? A girl can never have too many treats. Glad to be back! Whoop! =D


Jen said...

CONGRATULATIONS! It's a start and a great one at that!

I love rice krispies during revisions, but I seem to be focusing more on them than the actual revisions, which I think is why I'm not making much progress. I am like you and have been revising but only to revise 12 more times... I'm not satisfied with what I've come up with!

A glass of wine to sit back relax and outline in my mind what I want to accomplish. I'm still in my first set of revisions so I'm really no help, and I haven't really started either... it's a work in progress to say the least!

I hope you get more helpful advice!!! Nonetheless congratulations for what you were able to accomplish!

Sara B. Larson said...

Well, it depends, but I tend to be OCD when I know I am so close to being done and able to start querying, or send it back to my agent, or whatever stage it is/was... so I just work at it every spare minute I can until it's done. Without s'mores. What was I thinking!? I totally should have had s'mores while revising. Except then my hands would be sticky and covered in yummy marshmallow goo and then my keys would get sticky and possibly even stuck and...

Anyway. Sometimes I pump out minor revisions in a day or two, major overhauls in anywhere from a week to a few weeks. But getting 1/3 of yours done is awesome! And yes, I could change things EVERY single time I read through my mss. I bet that'll still be true when it's on a shelf somewhere. Congrats on the progress and can't wait to see/hear how the rest goes!

(P.S. you'll definitely want to try to be done and querying in the next couple of weeks if possible, because the whole industry kind of goes on hiatus in August... just an fyi.) *hugs*!! :-)

Kristina P. said...

I will take anything with chocolate.

Mary Campbell said...

lol - good job getting so much done Caroline - editing takes a lot of time and you deserve to have chocolate smores breaks with and you need to spend time with your family - so it's all good.

Mary Campbell said...

Sorry - I noticed I spelled your name wrong - I probably do that all the time - I'm sorry for every time I've done it.

Creepy Query Girl said...

I'm thinking you eat some chocolaty goodness WHILE revising:) Don't forget the cold milk.

Candyland said...

2 years later, I've had to tape my fingers behind my back. And as always, chocolate is my go-to thinktank.

Angie said...

Good job on revisions. I haven't done many novel revisions. It took two weeks to revise the first one. That was after I set it aside for ten years. Short story revisions usually only take a day or two, if I have to revise at all. S'mores are the perfect treat for any activity in my opinion!

Anonymous said...

I'd say it takes between 1-3 months to do revisions depending on time and other obligations. I used to be impatient, but I'm more comfortable these days taking my time to polish my work.

Vatche said...

Hey, Carolyn V., I'm a new follower and must I say that this blog is interesting. The writing was very witty and exciting to read. Everyone has conflicts in his/her head, including myself...where I have more than one voice at times.

Also, to answer your question, I've been told by many other writers, since I'm still young (eighteen years old) to just write everything out and don't look back. To continue writing and not stop until your creative juices stop flowing(as wrong as it sounds). But since you're a published writer and since I do also edit my own work, it usually takes me one to three months to edit (after it being left six months in my drawer, so I could see it with new eyes).

Anyway, cool post, awesome blog, and interesting take on the subject. Write on!

salarsenッ said...

When I first read 'one-third', my head nodded in approval. Bravo, my lovely lady. Seriously, that's awesome. Me...revisions. Do they every end?? I'm doing a fourth revision, mainly word cutting right now, with a new crit partner. I have, however, added a scene opening the book differently. *Shivering* Actually, it finally feels right.

Way to go, Carolyn!!

Forgot: treats--chocolate is always the best but I'm a major Hotheads fan. LOL

Jackee said...

And it's good to have you back! This dialogue made me smile. If I'm deep, serious revising it can take me around a month or a month and a half. My favorite treats for Butt In Chair? M&Ms and/or a bag of Wint O'Green Lifesavers.

Yay for you: gardening, 1/3 done, and s'mores!

Shelley Sly said...

Congrats on your progress! I wish I had advice for revisions, but I don't really have a regular way of doing them. And it takes me forever. But I wish you the best of luck! Go you!

Tahereh said...

yayyy!!! congrats on all the progress -- this is a huge step! :D

as for snacks: ummmmmm... sweet or salty? candy or chocolate?


Solvang Sherrie said...

I totally relate to this post! Someone just emailed me today to find out how revisions were going and I was like, yes, well, I finished cleaning the bathroom...so, you're ahead of me!

Al said...

I love this post.
I kind of like revisions...
But aren't they a chore.

Chocolate, definitely chocolate :)


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Amber Lynae said...

Awesome post Carolyn. And awesome job getting so much done. as for a treat i am a savory foods lover. So I like cheez itz. They don't make too much of a mess on the keyboard. But I am a huge peanut butter m&m's girl. Those things are addicting.