Revision Indecision

Title for post.
Discussing Revision
Revision Process
Have You Ever?
A Visit With Revision
Indecision About Revision
Revision Indecision
OK. I’m going with this title before I decide to change my mind.

And that, folks, is how the past week has been. I’m revising a manuscript for the umpteenth time! Seriously, the umpteenth time. Second guessing myself with every sentence. Rewriting. Oh, who am I fooling? Second guessing myself with every word. Rewriting. Changing my mind. Rewriting. Should I go with this . . . or should I go with that? See? Revision Indecision!

Thing is, I’m so excited about this story! And I think when I get it right that it will be my favorite thing I’ve written—ever. But Revision Indecision (yeah, that title still works) is killing me. I’ve read through all the blog posts, articles, etc. that I’ve accumulated in my Gmail folder labeled “Revision Tricks and Tips”. Note to self-I need to revise that folder title. There are no tricks. Nope. No short cuts. No rabbits-pulled-from-hats. Just hard work.

But, this is what I think. When I do get it right the indecision will stop. I’ll know that I’ve chosen the right sentences and the right words. That’s what happened with my manuscript that sold. I just had this feeling of finished. My heart said it was ready to show my agent. I wasn’t second guessing anymore. I was happy.

So while I don’t like this feeling of Revision Indecision, I know I have to put up with it. It’s just part of the journey to that feeling of finished.

Now, quick! I need to hit “Publish” before I start having Revision Indecision about this post!

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 Discipline, Editing and Revising, Patience, Picture books, Satisfaction

16 responses to “Revision Indecision

  1. Lindsey Lane

    It’s madness, I tell you! Madness.


  2. Oh, do I hear you on this one! Thanks for the reminder to trust the process. 🙂


  3. Arg, revision! There are times I’m tempted to just Let It Suck (a new Disney hit song?).


  4. Battle on Penny! I have faith in you.


  5. Joshua McCune

    Sucks the soul right outta ya! Lol


  6. ” Note to self-I need to revise that folder title. There are no tricks. ”

    Love this post, Penny. Your blog posts are always so perfectly economical and to-the-point that I have perfect faith in your stories reaching that point, too! It’ll get there–and I can’t wait to read it when it does!


  7. “I just had this feeling of finished.” I know just what you mean. And I’m with Tara. You’ll get there again, and it will feel great.


  8. Megan…that’s awesome! Glad you have the feeling of finished!


  9. kevanjatt

    I have a book with 39 words I’m trying to revise. It is agony…


  10. I recently revised one with 145 words so I know what you mean. Fewer words isn’t easier! Good luck with it Kevan!


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