Monday, May 10, 2010

Moving through May

climbing the mountain
rocks slip, not enough water
and then snow begins


And we're back to the mountain image! I wonder if I'll see a mule along the way?

Here's an update of the month's writing progression: slow. My stated goal was to work on revisions, on making a particular ms better than the first draft. However, I don't have a lot of experience in the revision process, and so a good part of the current progress is finding a method that works for me. Let me tell you that that "finding a method" is all sorts of frustrating!

As an example, I have found that working on any chunk larger than ~100 words at a time doesn't work well. (Okay, okay, doesn't work at all, forget the well.) That small word window means that it will take me ~550 sittings to work through the ms that I have on the table. 550! Just makes me want to give this up and become a shrimp farmer someplace other than Louisiana.

Such a drastic move would involve more financial solvency than I have at the moment, so I'm staying put and counting down the revision sittings. For now.

1 comment:

Donna Fasano, author said...

Don't give up. The world has enough shrimp farmers. What there's not enough of is writers.
Keep up the good fight!