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22 March 2007 @ 11:36 am
revision letters. pah.  
There's nothing like a revision letter to make you feel like you can't write.

Yes, yes, I know I rather demonstratively *can* write, and I don't need any reassurances on the subject, it's just that revision letters always make me feel like I might as well just fling the book into a pit and myself after it, since obviously I'm incapable of communicating what I was trying and the story is a failure and so on and so forth, even when the revisions are really fairly minor, dealing almost exclusively with motivational issues.

Actually, I think a good chunk of what frustrates me is I felt like I'd nailed motivation in this manuscript, and apparently I didn't do it nearly as well as I thought I had. Despite the above, I didn't really have a lot of sulk going on with this particular revision letter, but I keep having bits of it pop up into my head and derail me ("Your main character lost my sympathy," is sort of the antithesis of what you want to have in your brain when you're trying to do your five minutes of yoga meditation).

Writing is hard.
Current Mood: blahblah
Calcalene on March 22nd, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, nothing like having a nice, organized list of every little thing you did wrong to bring you down.

kitmizkit on March 22nd, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
*bursts out laughing* my god. I'd never thought of it that way! No wonder they suck so much! *LAUGHS*!

Thank you, that really cheered me up. :)
Calcalene on March 22nd, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
hehe, glad to help.
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S. L. Grayshadowhwk on March 22nd, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
I like seeing the little smiley faces on revision letters too. Or hearing that the line editor told my content editor that they really liked the story or something. It makes the pain less painful.

Brian: reality stranglelogrusboy on March 22nd, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
Novel = big. Brain = finite. Stuff = happens. *shrug*

Or if you prefer, it's important to have someone remind you of the limitations of the lesser minds who will have to wrestle with your brilliance...or something like that.
darillian: SW Queendarillian on March 23rd, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
That's what I was going to say!

Well, maybe not quite as well or succinctly.
Brianlogrusboy on March 23rd, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
desperancedesperance on March 22nd, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Pfui. I blow raspberries in their general direction. Etc. (Sorry, no better help than that; I am not sober...)
darillian: Nature Stagdarillian on March 23rd, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
Just remember that if we'd harnessed the energy, confidence, and determination we had when we dyed our hair red we'd have taken over the world by now and they'd have no choice but to not critique you. We have been gracious and magnanimous to allow them this gift, so we may as well humor them further. *grin*

You ARE a great writer. If you weren't you wouldn't put the effort out to have an open mind to their suggestions and continually try to improve your writing.