Monday, January 28, 2008
scratch that: thoughts on revision
We can all begin freely...—Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
He waxes desperate with imagination.—Shakespeare, Hamlet
How ill I have written. I begin to hate myself.—Jane Austen, in a letter
So here I am peering at the week and at revision with a quaking heart. Iíve been asked a lot recently about how the writing is going, and I say something bright about the first draft being done, and being in revision…
And then it dawns on me yet again how daunting I find this revision phase. It actually makes me nostalgic for drafting, if you can believe that. In retrospect, it looks so linear, so lighthearted, so free.