Day Forty-Eight, and An Inspiring Analogy from Kristan Higgins
Posted by Elisa Beatty Feb 26 2011, 3:00 am
Personally, I read mostly Regency, but in the past year I’ve been happily lured into the contemporary world by the funny, warm-hearted books of Kristan Higgins (got one of her books from an RWA Nationals luncheon giveaway, got hooked by the first paragraph, and have since bought her entire backlist!)
On Facebook recently, she posted about how she LOVES the process of taking the “hot mess” of a draft and “turning it into a real book.” (Wow…she LOVES that part? She’s totally my hero.)
In an interview in the latest issue of RWR, she made a really nice analogy for thinking about revision:
“I think without revision, most authors wouldn’t be published. To me, this is when the manuscript becomes a book—and a book that I really love! It’s sort of like building a house. The first draft is the foundation and frame, the wires and plumbing. Revisions are when the house becomes a home: the paint, the furnishing, the pictures on the wall…a place you’d really want to spend some time.”
We hope you’ve made some great progress on your latest “house” during the Winter Writing Festival, but it’s not time to put the tools away! Get out those hammers and nails, people, or those kitchen curtains and throw rugs, and keep working till you’ve made it a home!