Ruminations from the idea maker...
It's a lazy Sunday morning after a late night of Jazz music, coffee, tea and scones with my friends at a favorite speciality cafe. This is the very cafe you will sometimes find me during off days, sitting in a back corner easy chair, laptop buzzing.
Today, I'm home in my PJ's catching up online and planning some strategic revisions of my own for a story I'm working. I visited a few other writers blogs and something hit me as I read. A few are doing revisions from editors, others are thinking about how they started writing. Then I began ruminating about where I am with my writing and where I'm going with it.
It's true, as I've heard often from other writers and even my own critique group, I'm blessed because ideas for stories seem to flow easy for me. I can come up with an idea, write a short synopsis and then a blurb so quick it feels like a light speed attack. Tons of ideas come to me that way. All before I put a word of the story down. I don't know if this is a gift or a curse. Because sometimes I am muse-less after I get attacked by an idea.
I still have to work hard to get the story, the characters, the plot, the conflict out. And all those hooks don't come easy for sure.
Then there are revisions. For me, I revise, rewrite, do over, cut and layer so much even my crit partners tell me to stop. I've been fondly called the cut queen by several writers. This is all before I ever think about submitting! Am I a perfectionist? You bet. Is it good to be this way? That's a debatable question. You can work and rework a story until it either shines, or it's just too overdone.
I think a good point here is to find a happy medium road. Just do the best work you can and submit it as quickly as possible. You will either get a contract or a rejection. Either way, you will learn a lot about yourself and your writing.
Keep on writing!