Revision Breakthrough

Last night, I had one of those nights. Where you think your writing just shits the bed. Something wasn’t working.

I read three pages of the scene over and over. It was wrongness squared.

I couldn’t tell you what was wrong, which made it impossible to fix. I walked away. Okay stalked away. I chewed my fingernails beyond the bleeding mark.


And still I couldn’t figure out what was not working.

So I watched some Vampire Diaries. About 20 minutes into it. The answer came.

In the original draft, I’d worked out backstory there. I needed to do it. But now it felt clunky and unnecessary. During revision, I now sprinkled that backstory throughout the beginning. But I wanted to give it chronology.

The reader needed the entire timeframe. Sans repetition.

So I tinkered and toiled. Did ten drafts today. Until I understood why the scene was there and cut away what wasn’t needed. I polished one ugly ass stone. And found a lovely piece of quartz.

I delighted in my triumph.

I love the moments of blind panic punctuated by euphoria. The breakthrough moment. The AHA now I can fix it moment.

It’s what I live for in my writing.

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4 Responses to Revision Breakthrough

  1. Gerard says:

    Time well spent! When something doesn’t work in writing, it may take a lot of time to get it right, but the end result is rewarding and well worth the effort.

  2. berry says:

    Yeah nothing like the moment of realization. It’s like ice cream sundaes on a rainy Monday. Doesn’t get much better.

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