All posts tagged: revisions

Write on, Wednesday: Imagine a Better Writer

By Leslie Lindsay (image retrieved from http://katacomb.blogspot.com/2012/05/revising-book-2.html on 7.25.12)    Last week on “The Teacher is Talking” (Tuesday), I shared with you the wonderful new book Imagine:  How Creativity Works (Jonah Lehrer, 2012).  Well, if you read this book like a writer, you may actually gain a few insights into your own creativity.  At least I did–specifically as I work through the tedious task of editing and revising my novel-in-progress.  And here’s why, as explained by the author: You need to become an outsider.  Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer (Mar 19, 2012) (image retrieved from Amazon.com on 7.25.12) But I wrote this!  This is part of me!”  you claim.  And if you remember the good Tennessee Williams, “if the writing is good, you cannot seperate it from the author.”  Yeah, I feel your pain.  Trust me, I do.  When one goes back to edit/revise he really needs to know nothing.  This is the whole idea of reading the work as though you know nothing about it.  This is what your agent/editor will do.  They …

Write On, Wednesday: Mind-boggling

By Leslie Lindsay I really like to write.  No surprise there, right?!  I don’t know, but for me writing is a way to ground myself, to let all of those thoughts and ideas that are circutlating in my mind congeal into one soild thought.  It’s mind-clearing.  I love it. But sometimes it’s mind-boggling.  Take for example, navigating a series of revisions from my editor.  What if I have more than one “editor” who thinks she knows best?  What if their ideas and comments don’t fall congruently on the page?  What if they have different interpretations?  Humm…then my mind is not clear, it is boggled. What if I want to add something to my text but I need permission for it first?   For example, I want a graphic in my book…so I go to the illustrator and try to get permission, only I can’t find the illustrator’s contact information anywhere on the Internet.  Huh?!!  That’s right–she’s got graphics and stuff “out there,” but makes it so hard for anyone to get ahold of her, it may …