Hi my mad, mad friends - it's the last month of September, how'd you do with your writing goals?
I had a fairly productive month even spending some time making notes for a shiny new YA idea, but am still firmly ensconced in revision land and seem as though I'll be there for a while, with both manuscripts. Two of our fellow madness friends' blog posts really hit home with me this weekend.
@ghostgirl aka MaryAnn over at Haunting the Broken Tree posted about "All Her WIP Children" She dished on her manuscripts personalities and I found myself resonating with the perfectionist. My new manuscript has been labeled "special and unique" by secret agent man, but also "needing work on voice and world-building and in today's publishing world it needs to be amazing." No pressure there, nope, none at all. But you heard it here first, I am actually having fun with revisions. I think this manuscript is creating more of an inner writer than any before. But can you say anal? This word. No wait. That word. No wait. That word. And on and on, ad nauseum.
@lroseriver aka Lora Rivera at her blog of the same name posted a fascinated entry on Decision Fatigue. She gave the example of a parole judge faced with three inmates up for parole. The first gets it granted, the second two, well here's hoping you get the morning slot next time. Her post confirmed for me what I already know about myself, I write best in the morning. We make millions of decisions while revising, many of them miniscule, so being fresh, fed, watered, and well-rested do make a difference. So take care of yourself WIP friends!
This is my final hosting post. Next month we will convene with @ls_taylor on her blog, What I Learned Today. Thanks for joining me for the encouragement!