If the shoe fits…it may end up at the castle

I’m doing revisions on a fractured fairy tale. I want to get it all polished up and out on submission. Revisions are hard for me. I’m slow! It really is like scrubbing floors and sweeping cinders. And at times I hear voices in my head that sound very much like an evil stepmother and two cruel stepsisters telling me I can’t do it.

But, I love this story and I know for it to have a happily-ever-after that it can’t just show up at the ball. There’s going to have to be some magic involved and guess who has to wave the wand?
Not my critique group!
Not my agent!
But, me! Hard or not, I’m going to have to wave the wand and write the magic words.

Don’t get me wrong . . . my critique group and my agent are an important part of this. They may suggest the mice or the pumpkin. They may remind me to add tension…like a clock striking midnight. All of this will help move my story toward the ball. But I’m the one whose words will have to waltz with Prince Editor. I’m the one who will have to have that spit and shine that will make Prince Editor fall so in love with my story that when I leave the hint of a glass slipper, he will see a perfect fit for the castle (publishing house).

So, hard or not, I’ll scrub the floors and I’ll sweep the cinders. I’ll block out the nagging voices. I’ll keep revising until my words waltz. And somewhere between a pumpkin coach and midnight, the glass slipper may be just get my book into the castle and out into the kingdom.

penny3Penny Parker Klostermann’s debut picture book, There Was An Old Dragon, is coming from Random House Children’s Publishing Fall 2015. You can follow her on Twitter @pklostermann and visit her blog HERE. Penny is represented by Tricia Lawrence.


Filed under craft~writing, Editing and Revising, Writing

40 responses to “If the shoe fits…it may end up at the castle

  1. Penny, you sure know how to take a metaphor and run with it. 🙂 Good luck wrapping up this revision and giving your book its happily ever after!


  2. Cathy Ballou Mealey

    Ah Penny! I find it so helpful to schedule my Artist Dates when working on revisions. I recommend you take in a matinee of Disney’s “Frozen” and enjoy the powerful voice of Idinia Menzel! 🙂


  3. Nice post, Penny. Dig deep and you’ll find the magic.


  4. If you find a secret word well (or I guess in your metaphor it would be in the moat), let me know! I could use one for my revisions, too.


  5. If the story you are revising is as amusing and well-crafted as this post, I’d say your happily-ever-after is just around the corner! 🙂


  6. Penny, You rock the metaphor. The revision is nearly done.


  7. Good luck with revisions,hope they find the right prince to waltz with Penny


  8. Lovely post, dear Penny. Fingers crossed the glass slipper fits. 🙂


  9. Fantastic post, Penny!! I’m with you – revision is hard work but, when it does work, it’s so worth it! I’m a sucker for fractured fairy tales – can’t wait to read it!!


  10. Stacy S. Jensen

    Revisions are hard. Great post.


  11. Love it Penny! “It really is like scrubbing floors and sweeping cinders.” Too true! 🙂


  12. Great post, Penny. Good luck with revisions! I’m sure your story will be the belle of the ball.


  13. You’ll find the right fit, when you least expect it! Great post,Penny.


  14. Catherine Johnson

    Fabulous Cinderella metaphors, Penny!


  15. What a clever way to look at the whole writing/rewriting process, Penny!


  16. I enjoyed reading your creative post. All the best for your revision, Penny! If anyone can get their words to waltz, it’s you.


  17. Great post, Penny! As you know, I am a firm believer in magic, especially the picture book kind 🙂 I eagerly await the opportunity to try on your slipper (er, read your book :))


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