Day 41 – And Some Inspiring Words from Kristan Higgins

Posted Feb 19 2019, 12:30 am

One of my auto-buy authors is the delectable Kristan Higgins (got one of her books from an RWA Nationals luncheon giveaway a few years ago, got hooked by the first paragraph, and quickly bought her entire backlist!)

On Facebook once, 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.)

And in an interview in a 2011 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!



2 responses to “Day 41 – And Some Inspiring Words from Kristan Higgins”

  1. Lenee says:

    KH was the guest speaker a few years ago the the Barbara Vey Readers Luncheon. She gave a good talk and told good stories. She seemed very nice and was gracious. I wouldn’t read her stuff (it’s not my thing) but I was impressed by her.

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      She’s got one of those good spirits–a very inspiring and supportive person.

      (And you might be surprised by her books…I don’t normally read contemporaries, and truly just meant to check out that first page of the freebie book…and she quickly won a reader for life!)

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