Why should I talk or write about anything else? This is what I'm in. I'm in revision. I had a thought this morning about being in revision. Was it me or the manuscript that was in revision? I think, I thought, both. I'm in revision as a writer. I'm not the same person who started writing or even began this particular novel. I'm not the same person I was yesterday. Sometimes I look at my manuscript and it is like I'm working on someone else's opus. Not mine. I don't know these people! It must be like when Joni Mitchell is asked to sing 'Both Sides Now'. This significant repulsion to what or who you married in another time!
I'm not off the book - I don't want you to think that. I am loving the book and I'm even loving this process. But there seem to be layers upon layers upon layers. I just read in The Writing Warrior by Laraine Herring - that our first drafts - up to six of them - are like throwing seeds unto the ground. What takes? What doesn't? What do we want to focus on and what is a crop not worth spending more time on?
This metaphor has a great interest for me right now, for my own real garden is a BIG mess. Ha! Both the flower gardens and the vegie one have been left to their own devices this year. The flowers are gorgeous but the weeds are just as big and as for the vegetable garden - here is what is in it - six tomato plants that haven't been staked yet, four cabbage plants (! don't ask me - I have no idea why I planted them - I think I thought they'd look purty), the strawberry plants from last year - they are yielding but I never put straw under them so they aren't happy, and some garlics that Ron planted in the fall. Yep. And a ton of weeds.
Is that what my manuscript is like? I'm not sure. I do need to tend to the main plants - the characters in this case. And I do need to weed (take out all the excessive 'so, but, and' and so forth. And all the telling). I suppose I need to fertilize a bit with what I've learned over the last year about me, about the story, and about writing. Will the metaphor stretch that far? Mostly though - I have been working on my manuscript daily - unlike my garden. It is one of the reasons that I haven't been gardening, truly.
OK - Gwen is here and I'm going to make another pot of coffee and get to work.
Maybe later I'll stake those tomatoes.