Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Back in the Saddle

Revise from DC/Vertigo's FABLES
So I took most of February off instead of trying to kill myself with all the things that were going on. Here's a quick breakdown:

  • I've turned in a final draft of a story that I began a loooooong time ago and thought would never be finished. It's been through (I think) eight revisions or so and it's finally ready and waiting for its cover before it's released into the wild. I can give you a hint that it will be available for both the Kindle and the Nook when it goes out. Other than that, I think I'm supposed to wait for the official announcement. 
  • Editing/Revisions on The Cold Distance are going well but are taking longer than I thought they would. As always, I have little patience for revisions, especially in light of the seemingly never-ending battle with the above-mentioned book. I've learned so much over the last couple of years that I can't set Distance aside. This book means a lot to me and when the revisions are done, I'll go for another round of readers (already have three trusted pairs of eyes waiting for it) and then we'll begin the odyssey of putting it into play.
  • Nearly done with the first draft of another story, too that has to get through some eyes and revisions before it goes off to the editor. It's an SF adventure story, too, and I'm pretty sure it'll go quickly once the initial revisions are done.
I didn't intend this post to be about revising, but that's an essential part of writing, isn't it? It's the thing that  I think makes writers the craziest. It's the part where we have to look at our darlings and be honest with them, and ourselves, that they're not looking as good as they need to. Our characters and stories are our babies and we want everyone else to see what we see in them, so it's harder than anyone might think.

Look, revising a story is harder than writing the damn thing in the first place. Anyone who's gone back to look at something they've written is often horrified that he thought it was anything like approaching good. That's often when we writers think 'oh hell, no one's ever going to want to read this, it's complete crap'. Well, actually we use a lot stronger language than that, but you get the idea.

The process of change is the same no matter what one is trying to accomplish: whether it be the economy, the basic ideas of what people think or making a story better. Everyone who tries to effect change is working hard at it and often we're never satisfied. It's a matter of taste. And that, ladies and gentlemen, leads me to share this with you (which came from here):

And with that, I leave you until next time, dear readers. I'm busy fighting my way through the crippling doubt and fear. 


Just Wendy said...

Good stuff, Jason. All the best.

Jason Arnett said...

Thanks, Wendy! Hope you're doing well.

Crittias said...

That's a great quote. Thanks for sharing. And glad to hear you're back at it!

Jason Arnett said...

Thanks, Ted. It really, really spoke to me and summed up everything I've felt about my writing. This year I hit the point where I thought I was actually writing better than before so it was the perfect thing to see.

Prospective Writer said...

I read that quote from Ira Glass yesterday...and it was exactly what I needed to hear. It's like it shook something loose, something that's been blocking me, and I feel like I'm ready to get back to it now. Thanks, Jason. Good luck on the revisions! Looking forward to reading The Cold Distance.