Monday Mindfulness: Pushing Past Revision Blues

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You think the more you do something, the better you get at it. On average, my books have at least 13 revisions (many of them many more). Since I’ve written, edited, and revised so many in the last few years, you’d think revision came naturally to me. Sadly this is not the case.

Yesterday afternoon I tried to squeeze in a bit of time in between after toddler’s swim class and before exhibit opening to add a few missing pieces to the next in line for paperback release, The Dohmestics. They say you should never go to the grocery store hungry.

Don’t revise with jet lag either.

I got into the manuscript, started tweaking and realized the shifts I needed to make were of a much larger scale than I would have otherwise anticipated.

Later in the evening, when the house was asleep, I opened another manuscript, The Opposite of Hate, which is next in line for digital release. There were several pages of notes from the developmental editor as well as 200+ comments. A few characters needed tweaking; a major theme or three needed sharpening.

Not any easier.

I’m eating lunch  now, contemplating a foot massage, to avoid tackling either of these projects with a (self-imposed) June release date.

How do you stay motivated with a task? Whether running a marathon or editing a book, diligence is of essence.

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Monday Mindfulness: Your Time, Talent, and Treasure

English: Actress Cate Blanchett at the 2011 Sy...
English: Actress Cate Blanchett at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regardless of whether or you watch the Oscars, you likely watch a movie every now and then.

What Cate Blanchett said in her acceptance speech has been picked up by news outlets around the world.

You could see it as two time winner chastising a male dominated industry: “who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences.”

Or a call to the rest of us to prove that “Audiences want to see them [female centric films] and in fact, they earn money.”

Cate reminds us that how we spend our money is perhaps as important as where we spend our time.

What industry would you like to see grow? Spend your time, talent and treasure there.


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