Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Revisions and FATE...


I've decided that my favorite stage of writing is the revision stage. I looooove revisions. It's so much fun to take apart stories and piece them back together. To flesh out scenes that need expanding and delete what isn't necessary. This is when the magic happens--when an author adds the tiny details that bring in flavor and life to the writing.

I'm not a fan of first drafts. Or outlining. I know most people LOVE the spark of a new idea and playing with fresh story lines, but I'd much rather work with a manuscript that's already on paper and improve it from there. If I could, I'd stay in the revision stage forever. It's safe. Fun. There's time to play with words and you haven't put yourself out there yet... ;-)

I don't know why this is on my mind, but I do know that I have to segue this in a clever way to a totally awesome cover reveal.  How about: I'm glad these two girls know when to take the leap and not stay in the revision stage.

Jolene Perry and Steph Campbell are two of my most favorite people on the planet. And they're sickly talented to boot.

I'm so privileged to help take part in their cover reveal for My Fate For Yours. Check this out:




A secret love.

A life lost too soon.

A destiny reversed.

You’ve met Tobin & Delia.

This is Eamon’s story…

The prequel to My Heart for Yours.

MY FATE FOR YOURS.

Their first book, My Heart For Yours was such a success, they had to write the prequel. (Literally. They had screaming fans and an overflowing inbox of mail demanding to know more of the story!) And I'm so excited. Jolene and Steph together create magic. My Fate For Yours comes out July 15 2013!  


Are you a revision fan like me? Have you read Jolene and Steph? Hope your week is going fabulous.

Red. Head. Out.


48 comments:

  1. Aloha dahhling:)

    Having just (about) finished a revision - again - I have to admit it is fun to kick around the words and see how much more you can meld it into something more fabulous (at least in my eyes:)

    However, I am soooo looking forward to jumping into fiction, so we'll see how I feel at the end of WIP#2 :)

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  2. I am SO with you! I don't like first drafts nearly as much as I like revisions!

    So excited about My Fate For Yours! <3

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  3. I'm not sure I could pick between drafting and revisions. Drafting is scarier because there's a blank screen staring back at me, but I think the fear makes it exciting to watch a scene take that initial jump from my head to the page. Revisions are challenging in a different way, because they can be tedious at times, but it's also fun to dig in and polish everything up. I'd have to agree with you that most of the magic happens during revisions, so maybe I lean in that direction? Not sure what my answer is, but this was a great question, Morgan!

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  4. I'd much rather work on revisions than write a first draft. The whole time I'm writing a first draft I hate it; I hate the writing, I hate the story, I hate the characters. Revisions make me love the story.

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  5. I'm not a revision fan but it's nice you enjoy it. Congrats Steph and Jo on a fine cover.

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  6. I like early revisions but the final revisions (checking every comma)are mind numbing and exhausting. But I like drafting too. I think I need both, the yin and the yang.

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  7. Congratulations to Steph and Jolene!
    Revising is my favorite part of the process. The first draft almost kills me. I just want to get the story down so I can do something with it.

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  8. I like first drafts, not outlines. It just seems like there are so many mistakes I have to fix! And it takes me longer to actually want to get to work, because at least with this draft, I worry that all the changes won't be worth it. Le sigh.

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  9. I like drafting and I'm appreciating the editing phase more and more. But I can't stand outlines, which is why I don't do them--but of cours, I should. *sigh* (:

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  10. I love Jolene's books, though I haven't read this collaboration. Sounds awesome.

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  11. I was just thinking about this yesterday. When I write, I like revising, and when I revise, I like writing. The grass is always greener....

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  12. I need to find the trick to liking revisions. They feel like quicksand to me; the more I move, the more I get stuck!

    Congrats to Steph and Jolene! Looks like they solved any revision problems they had.

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  13. I'm definitely a first-draft girl :) Revisions make me cross-eyed most of the time. I wish it were the other way around, but such is life! Great sounding book, too--the cover it awesome!

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  14. I'm the opposite, I have revising and love first drafts. I think it might be easier though, being an author and liking revising. Though, then the first draft would be a pain so maybe it all evens out.

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  15. I used to live for first drafts and despised revising. As I've grown as a writer, though, I've realized how crappy my first drafts are and want to hide them from the world, lol. But I do enjoy seeing a MS blossom and get all pretty through revisions, so I like that part better now.

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  16. Excited about Steph and Jolene's book. Sounds great. And I find that revisions can be fun too! It's great to see your story grow :)

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  17. I've grown to really love revisions in the last two years. Not only does it demonstrate how much I've grown as a writer, past the days when I thought I was too good to change anything, but it also gives me the chance to, in extreme cases, restructure an entire story. It's like you have a chance to write a book twice or even thrice, with each time feeling like the first time all over again.

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  18. I love, love, love the planning stage, but I'm not that crazy about the drafting stage. I think it has something to do with the fact that I am incapable of writing a crappy first draft. I labour over every. Single. Word. And I revise as I go. Needless to say, the process is tedious. But, like you, I kind of love revisions. It's so great to take this rough(ish) story, polish it up, and find new ways of making it shine. What a great feeling!

    I hadn't heard of this prequel or the book it's a prequel to. I'll have to check it out. :-)

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  19. You're not alone Morgan, I think revisions can be fun, too. It's like you're molding/remolding clay. Sometimes it takes on a new shape, sometimes it's a very familiar shape.

    Either way, though, you've already done the tough job.....you had to make the clay :)

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  20. Eep. I dislike revisions. But I do love that cover.

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  21. I am with you! I love to tweak what I have written, but writing it sometimes is painful and always question this and that. I rather have the words on the page to move n' shuffle around, play with. I agree...easier for me, too!

    I love the cover! Congrats to Steph and Jolene! I am off to buy the first one~
    Looks like something both my daughter n' I would enJOY!

    Thank you Morgan...
    @>----------

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  22. Really beginning to feel the same way about revisions. I think the key is always keeping perspective that revisions are required to make the story into what you dreamed it could be. It has to be done, so do it.

    The process overwhelms almost everyone in the beginning, because it feels like you're trying to clean an entire ramshackle home at once. When you finally get a firm vision for what it is you're trying to accomplish, and then break it up into steps, the task gets much easier. And it's unbelievably rewarding when things start fitting together. :)

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  23. I hate the first revision. I like it when I'm on like the 3rd revision and I can see it becoming something readable :) And beautiful cover from ms. Perry, as always :)

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  24. We are not twins when it comes to revisions! They pain me. They make my fingers and brain ache. I'm doing them right now and feeling a little stressed because I need to finish before the kids get out of school.

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  25. I enjoy this stage too, I'm working on some revisions at the moment. However, I have other manuscripts in the first draft stage calling to me too! Yikes not enough hours in the day!

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  26. I'm in the revision boat with you, and alas, I have not yet read these two gals!

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  27. I like your take on revision. So often you read just the opposite. I'll remember that.

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  28. Beautiful cover! :) I'm not a huge fan of revisions...but they are so needed so I push through them.

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  29. Depends on the revisions!!! Lol I definitely much prefer having the whole story down though, and it is fun to spiff things up and make them better. And congrats Jolene and Steph!!!!

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  30. I love the cover. Congrats to the authors.

    I love revising. It's my favorite part, because I get to see the manuscript take on a better shape.

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  31. I think I am evenly split between first draft and revisions. I really like the first pass through a first draft. I can see what I meant, even though it's not written well, and I have the opportunity to write it better.

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  32. I can't wait to read this book. I read the other one. :D

    I love revisions. I don't mind the first draft. I'm an outliner, but that doesn't mean it's my favorite part. But even though I enjoy revisions, I don't enjoy tearing the book apart and starting from scratch.

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  33. Love the sound of this book!

    Well, revisions is what I do!

    Nas

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  34. Congrats to Jolene and Steph! Gorgeous cover.

    Revisions kill me. I love first drafts. I'd like to think one day I could write a perfect first draft. Yeah, we can all dream! :)

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  35. No, I haven't read the first book, but now I want to read BOTH!

    It's funny you mention revision. It's actually my favorite as well. Maybe two or three drafts in. I'm not in love with writing the first draft. That's the most "work" for me. But when we get it right? Bliss!

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  36. What a tasty treat of a cover. Swoon!

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  37. I thought I liked revisions, but I've been stuck in this cave too long. I can't find my way out :-D. and I am crazy about that cover. I saw it on Jolene's blog today. the wet warm wood draws me in big time.

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  38. Yes, I enjoy the revision stage as well, though sometimes it can be a bit daunting...particularly when you're up to a nicely polished draft #5 and then get told by a beta that he hates your MC ;)

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  39. I don't mind revisions, but I like the new best.

    Oh my...this story has to be tear jerker because I read the other book already. Not sure if my roller coaster emotional self is ready for this!

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  40. When you put it in the terms of revisions instead of editing, it does make the process seem funner. Maybe that's the way we all need to look at it. Editing should be another word taking out of my vocabulary (along with "insecurities")! Revisions is such a nicer word. Thanks Morgan! Writer’s Mark

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  41. I'm glad you like revisions. I, on the other hand, am procrastinating on blogs because I am in revisions and I don't like it as much as you do (which is why I didn't bother to revise that ridiculous sentence)

    But I do love Jolene!

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  42. Ooo! Love the cover and the title. Sounds great!

    I'm one of those people who revels in the spark(s) of inspiration during the first draft, but I see the need for revision and I can appreciate how much a good editing pass can improve the work. And you're right. A big part of that is knowing when to stop. Great post! :)

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  43. Hey, Sweets,

    I definitely enjoy the revising stage ... as long as it doesn't take YEARS... LOL. Like in my case. Anyway ...

    CONGRATS to Steph and Jolene... Playfully cute cover.

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  44. Great cover. Revision is my favourite too. The first draft never sounds the way it did in my head.

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  45. the part of editing i like is reading what i wrote and surprising myself with a laugh or a jump of action. thats the good stuff! revising is more of a chore for me, but good that you like it cause its a big part of the process!

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  46. I like the first draft but I like the revisions more myself but that is when they really start looking like a story. LOL

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  47. I've never had an outline either, Morgan. I sit at the computer and fly by the seat of my pants. I guess that's why they call us pantsers? Revisions can be awesome. Though, I'm one of those crazies that can revise, revise, and revise because I liked it this way, no that way better, or this word, no that word. Nuts, huh?

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  48. I've always wondered what it would be like to write a novel with someone else. I suppose it probably keeps you working and focused because you know you have to get stuff back to your writing partner. You can't procrastinate!

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