Love/Hate Revisions

So, as the title suggests, I’ve entered that love/hate relationship with revising my first draft. I’ve just barely begun (partway through revising Whispers of Nowhere’s second chapter), and I’m dreading the rest.

It’s one thing when I’m simply tweaking a sentence, or even a full paragraph. It’s quite another when I’m changing some of the events entirely. I think lack of confidence in my own abilities is the primary culprit, to be honest. I feel like I’m writing more with my head than my heart…and falling short, regardless. I’m overthinking every little thing, and it’s dampening the enthusiasm I experienced prior to starting revisions.

When I performed the read-through (where you literally force yourself not to edit a single thing, but view the story from an outsider’s point of view), I knew precisely what I had to do. Since starting version two, however? I’m somewhere between overwhelmed with the info I knew I wanted to change, and lost with everything else. >.<

In sum, I expect the fourth panel image below to eventually come to pass.

The first three phases have been pretty accurate, so why should that one be any different? 😛 The question is…will phase 3 be done first, or does phase 4 start partway through? 😉

In all seriousness, no–I’m not going to become an alcoholic. I just get the feeling it will tempt me to drink at times, and that I might indulge here and there.

Wish me luck; may the second draft be more promising than the first!


About rebeldynasty

Hello, there, and welcome to my humble little corner of the internet! My name is Shannon, and I've wanted to be a writer for the better majority of my life. In the last 4+ years, I've begun taking the steps necessary to get myself to that point. I am currently working on a trilogy under the title, "Whispers of Nowhere". I started outlining the first book, "Whispers of Nowhere" between late 2013 and early 2014, and officially began writing the first draft May 2014. As of Dec 2016, it has undergone a multitude of edits, and four complete drafts. I began outlining the second book in the series, "Fall of the Spectrum" in May of 2015, began the first draft September 2015, and completed it nearly a full year after outlining--May 2016. That same month, I began outlining the third book, "The Mythos Trials"; the first draft of which officially started early June 2016, ending in November of the same year. On the side, I am outlining two prequel origin stories, plus a spin-off prequel that serves as the bridge between the origin stories and the Whispers of Nowhere trilogy; Shattered Time. In sum, I'll be neck-deep in writing for quite some time. If you're interested in seeing some of my work, don't hesitate to ask. :)
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