Must Revise!

So I am seriously in the thick of my revision and I’m really happy with it! Downside is I don’t have much time to breathe let alone blog! But it’s going to be worth it…

More next week!

 

 

My Revision Pick-Me-Up

As I mentioned last week, I’m revising again. I have to say it’s looking SO good, and Carrie, as always, is so awesome…I think we’re both in agreement: this may be the best version of the book thus far.

 

I also, possibly, maybe, definitely have a title I love (I know this changes a lot through the pub process but I really like this title! More to come on that another time…)

One thing I am doing differently this round of revisions is making sure I take some breaks. When I have a specific deadline, my typical procrastination process is out the window, and I dive in hard. So I’m normally terrible at making myself take breaks when I’m really in a flow.

I am finding a balance now between taking quick breaks so I don’t lose my mind and full-on procrastination. One of my fav things to do is watch some classic Wheel of Fortune clips on YouTube. It really lifts my spirits and gives me a much needed burst of energy.

This one never fails to make me smile! I remember when it actually happened–pre YouTube days, if memory serves me correctly–and I always remembered it, so I’m super happy to watch it whenever I want now.

Please enjoy this classic Wheel moment!

 

 

Makeup Pun Overload

While I’m revising my manuscript I’ve also been thinking about new titles. I never even liked my current one (THE MAKEUP DIARIES); I’d only come up with it as a working title, but now it’s time to seriously re-think it.

I have a few options. I could go the Sarah Dessen route and choose a phrase or line I love from my book.

Or I could do something along the makeup-pun line (every attempt at that has been oozing with cheese and corn and I despise each makeup-y title)

Or I could just write twenty words down on a piece of paper, pin the list to the wall, close my eyes and point to three.

My family has been coming up with suggestions, which has been amusing. The look of sheer joy, excitement, and helpfulness is quickly wiped off their faces when I laugh hysterically or throw something at the wall.

Brainstorming on titles is a crash course in realizing how easy it is to screw up a great book. This title has to encompass all my book has to offer. It has to sparkle and shine but in a subtle way. It has to be pretty and enchanting and intriguing, all with a touch of whimsy.

Which is why it cannot be called “Makeup, Bitch” as one person who shall remain anonymous suggested (jokingly–I think)

Overall, narrowing it down is super exciting. I’ll know when it hits me. I’ll feel it in my gut. My heart will sing.

And it’ll be nice to title my word doc as something other than “Makeup Book.”

 

Out with the old…

With the weather finally starting to get nicer I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning.

I don’t mind cleaning up, but I typically have to make a massive mess in order to start seeing results. Like when I empty all my drawers out at once and dump the contents on the floor in an overzealous fit of productivity. Then comes that moment when I realize I have to actually sort through everything.

 

My MS is undergoing a similar experience! Revisions are a lot like spring cleaning. You have to make a huge mess to see any progress. You have to decide what you want to keep, what you want to throw away, or what you want to move to an empty drawer to maybe use again someday.

The way I revise is, I begin a new file where I paste the MS into, and keep the old one open with Carrie’s notes to me. I do one major run-through on my own, spotting all the areas that need the repairs we discussed. Then one revision is just dedicated to implementing her notes. Then I do a few more, and then one run-through just for spelling/grammar checks. Dissecting the entire thing is the most daunting part for me. That beginning/middle period where it’s just a disaster area can make me weep.

Once I get over that hump and start seeing how amazing the changes are making the MS, it gets exciting and spurs me to work harder. So, definitely not unlike actual spring cleaning.

The main trick in both cases is to not overthink what I’m doing. Just dive in and embrace the mess. It will get better!

(oh, if only it were that simple!)

I will be taking a break today, because it’s my mom’s birthday!!! Happy birthday, Mom!!!