I am not a hugely organized person. My husband would probably say that’s a huge understatement, but the truth is I CAN be organized, but I often CHOOSE not to be. Do I sound like a smoker? I can quit any time I want.
To me, creativity is a funnel. You have a wide opening at the beginning, just let everything in, just pour it all in, the good and the bad, because they’re hard to tell apart. Then the funnel starts to taper little by little until only a small amount is pouring through. The good stuff.
That’s how I feel my writing process is and the pouring is over. The funnel is tightening. I’m starting to get feedback on Herbert. So far it’s all solid and encouraging, but my wheels are spinning on all the changes I need to make, elements I need to strengthen, confusion I need to clarify. This means I actually have to be sort of organized. (Growl.)
So I’m making a list. My husband would probably make a detailed spreadsheet but making this list is rather painful I tell you. It has numbers and indentations with little letters. Eck! Blech! I’m having difficulty breathing. I think I may be developing a rash. But in the end I think it will be for the best. I’ll focus on specific sections or characters or elements and then maybe it won’t be so daunting.
How do you handle revisions?