I'm still not finished. I'm really beginning to wonder if I'll ever be.
So far, I'm likening revisions to two things:
1. Pulling teeth with no Novocaine
This is painful, the realization of what the heck have I gotten myself into, why did I agree to this, how can I get out of it? There is no way I can get through this alive.
2. The Godfather - Part 2 (yes, I'm totally stealing this from the movie Serendipity)
Part 1 (the first draft) gave me something to work with, Part 2 gave me something to appreciate. Not only do I now understand how it all began, but I'm starting to see where it's going. I couldn't have gotten here without Part 1 though. The first draft that started it all...
I guess it's true though... you usually can't get to the good parts without going through some pain, right?
But for the most part, I'm actually really liking revisions. It's hard work, but it's like breathing life into my monster. And it's a beautiful thing.
I'm not going to lie. There have been times in these past few weeks when I've literally just stopped myself from pulling my hair out. I've wondered exactly where I came up with that line... what the heck was I thinking when I added in that phrase... I've lamented over how I was going to fix this train-wreck of a manuscript...
I've wanted to shelve it and start anew. It would be much easier.
But easier doesn't mean better... it's just means easier. It's just putting off the inevitable.
So the moral of today's story?
See it through. Regardless of how bad you think it might be, how far you want to throw it into the next century, don't.
I mean, once you start something, you've got to finish it right? How else are we going to get to the finale? And it might just be one you don't want to miss.
How about you guys? Which side of the fence are you on when it comes to revisions? Do you love them or hate them? Have you seen The Godfather trilogy?
p.s. And for the record... I actually have seen all three Godfather movies ;)