I feel like my writing has sort of tapered off. The quality isn't there like it used to be. Does anyone else get that feeling?
Is it a case of the writer necrotic brain explosion?
It's hard to tell.
I've been writing a lot of first drafts.
But I haven't revised anything in a while.
Revision is where the book really starts to shine. It's like finding a rock in the mud and washing away the grim until you find something that's not quite a diamond but not nearly as muddy and gross as it was a few minutes ago.
Revision is a LONG process for me. I normally put MONTHS between myself and the first draft. Sometime even years.
I like to stay as objective as possible. I like to look at my writing as if a stranger wrote it, that way I can kill my babies.
But obviously I'm not good at it. No System At All took 16 drafts. YIKES.
In an effort to be slightly more effective I'm taking a writing course on revision. It's a whole new experaince for me. The last writing course I took was novel writing for adults. It was a community college course, which was fine, but I could have used a higher level course.
This is at a writing center. It's for serious writers. Writers who one day will be authors.
I'll let you know how it goes.
In other news I'm getting close to my two year blog birthday. I'd like to push my followers to 200.
The down side is since I can only access blogs through google reader, I can't comment on anyone else's blog. Which makes me feel like I'm cheating on you. Sorry.
But a big contest is coming....
I can feel it.
It's going to be awesome.