Friday, February 10, 2012

Quotes and Cookies: Revising

Guys, my revision letter is IN THE MAIL. My manuscript will come with handwritten notes on it. Eeeeee! It's possible that gearing up for revisions is a little bit on my mind. So on with revision quotes!


"A kiss that speaks volumes is seldom a first edition."

~Clare Whiting


"I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil."

~Truman Capote


"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke."

~Arthur Polotnik


And one that echoes my sentiments:


"Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing."

~Bernard Malamud


Aren't revisions the best? They're what turns good into great. Okay into incredible. Fine into fabulous. Ahh. I LOOOOVE revising. Do you loooove it, too? Or are you in one of those relationships with it where you both just kind of annoy each other for a really long time before you find out that you've really loved each other all along? (Or is it one of those relationships where you're willing to bet your keyboard that love could never possibly be a word you'd use to describe your relationship with revising?)

Since we're in the month of love, and because Valentines Day is just around the corner, and because that day holds a special place in my heart,* have a Valentine cookie!

(*It is, after all, the anniversary of the day I was born. Now don't go thinking you should wish me a happy birthday when it rolls around! Valentine's Day is not my birthday. Just the anniversary of my birth.)

Photo Credit: Cookie Crazie
Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

30 comments:

S.P. Bowers said...

Man, how do people frost cookies like that? Mine look...well...not like that. Sigh, One more homemaking skill I'm lacking along with always clean dishes and clothes.

I like revisions. Mostly. I do like taking something and polishing it until it glows. But sometimes, when you've read each word a thousand times, and you can't tell if they're good anymore, I don't like it so much.

Bonnie R. Paulson said...

I didn't always like revising, but lately I'm finding that with a project that already has a word count and just polishing it up, I'm not so overwhelmed. The blank page is so much more daunting! And yet, we power on. lol.

Good luck with revisions. You'll do great!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I'm liking revisions - it's nice to see there was stuff there that was good and other that I can see needs to be cut to make it good.

JeffO said...

I gotta tell ya, I'm not sure I'm having a whole lot of fun on revising right now, and since I'm as stuck as I am at the moment, it makes me wonder if the revisions I'm trying are the ones I should be making, if you know what I mean.

Have a great weekend!

Tonja said...

I do enjoy doing revisions to a point. Then I have to set it aside and give it a rest.

Tara Tyler said...

ah, but revisions are like cavities, too much drill and fill tarnishes the pearly enamel!

prerna pickett said...

I enjoy revising, but I'm not sure about love. I'm sure I'll get there some day.

Laura Josephsen said...

Good luck with the revising! Sometimes I love it; sometimes it exhausts me, but in the end, I'm thrilled to have made the book better.

I love those quotes--especially the kissing one. :D

Patti said...

I've become a big believer in the scissors as well when it comes to revising, although it took me a while to get there.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I actually really DO love revising - more so than writing! I love the quote about the fire through the smoke - that describes it exactly. My first words on paper are blobby and foggy and ..smoky. Then the revisions - cutting the fat, toning the muscle - oh more metaphors!!

Carrie Butler said...

Good luck with your revisions, Pegasus! That's so exciting! :D

Emily R. King said...

I love revisions the first three rounds. After that, I'd rather write something new than rehash the old... again. : )
Have fun with your revisions!

Elodie said...

Yay, Peggy!!! :D You must be quite excited about it...I´d love a cookie while I´m working on my revisions :D

JeffO said...

And, hey, I somehow missed the 'above the quotes' part of your post the first time around - congrats on the upcoming revision notes - very exciting!

Iain said...

My current WIP is the first time that I've enjoyed revising. Seeing it become better really gives me a buzz :o)

The Golden Eagle said...

Good luck with your revisions!

I enjoy making a project better--I try to keep that in mind when I'm reworking a project.

Chris Allinotte said...

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Imogen said...

Congratulations on the revision letter. One step closer to having your book out there in the world!

My relationship with revision is more like "Who invented this stupid thing anyway?" accompanied with much banging of head, thumping of keyboard, and tearing of hair. I'm working on it.

Delia said...

Congrats on getting the revision letter out!

I love and hate revision in turns. Which one largely depends on whether or not I've thought of a solution to whatever problem I'm facing.

Kelley said...

Ooo, how exciting! Good luck!

I like revising.

And I would LOVE one of those cookies. Have a great weekend!

Donna Hosie said...

I'm another that likes revisions. They are hard work, but you know the finished product is tighter and better because of them.

Misha Gericke said...

I adore revisions. I love writing too, but revisions really make the story shine and I love the story above all. :-)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Good luck with your revisions and those cookies look beautiful and delicious!

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

I dislike revisions - probably because they seem to be never ending... And I'm not always convinced that they improve the writing or the story. But - hey ho, 'writing is rewriting' so they say, so I grit my teeth and go with it! Love the quotes by the way... And good luck with your revisions!

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Clarissa Draper said...

I love the first round of revising. The second, third... ninetieth, not so much.

Talli Roland said...

Love that quote by Capote! There is something deeply satisfying about finishing a round of revisions.

Sarah Pearson said...

As far as revisions go, I'm still in the 'getting-to-know-you' and misunderstandings stage :-)

tfwalsh said...

Agree - revisions to make good writing, amazing... it's hard work... but totally worth it in the end.

Charlie Holmberg said...

How exciting! Hope all the revisions go well.

I actually do like revising--I like being able to mold the clay instead of sticking my hands into the sand and water to make something that resembles clay (does that metaphor even work?) Maybe I just like revising because I'm anal and have the need to fix broken things, or because I know each thing I fix means the book is that much closer to being submit-able.