Wednesday, 12 August 2009
I finished reading "Revisions & Self-Editing" by James Scott Bell today. Really enjoyed it. But more than that it really helped me. My two WIPs which have first draft finished were written long time ago. Since then I have learned a lot more about the craft. But so those two WIPs seem very daunting to edit, because there is so much I must change. So this book gave me techniques and little helpful hints, but above all, encouragement that no matter what mess the first draft may seen, if I am willing to take my time and work at it, it will be better. Of course taking my time doesn't seem at all easy for an impatient soul like me, but it's something I will just have to learn. Here is one interesting message I got: First draft = hot & fast Revisions = cool & slow Very good message in my opinion. Hopefully, by learning all these new stuff about craft, the next first draft I start will be less of a mess than previous ones.