Ok, this is not a picture of a monkey on my back...but when I was searching 'monkey' pics and saw this one I just couldn't turn away.
Who'll join me for a collective, "Oooooo, so cute!"??
Anyway, I've been feeling a bit of revision pressure lately.
I had a conversation with a trusted friend and told him some of my revision ideas and he said,
"Tess, if you're going to do it, do it right." (meaning he didn't care for my ideas)
"What?" (imagine my jaw gaping in shock and disbelief)
"I mean," he continued, "don't cut corners. Make it as good as the rest of the book. Make it better."
That's why he's such a trusted source for me.
He was right. My 'get it done' personality was looking for the easy fix. The quickest way to technically 'do' the revisions, to check them off my list.
but it wasn't necessarily my very best work
If we are going to do this thing....this writing journey....this step towards publication, then we must do it right.
No cutting corners.
Make our work everything we can possibly make it.
Follow most of the rules and break the ones that will make our book stand out.
Take the time to put in those layers (as Lady Glamis calls them)
Does this ring true to you?
It did to me.
Suddenly the monkey I was feeling on my back has disappeared. I feel energized by a friend's truth and by his challenge.
Now, give me that revision list....I'm gonna do it right!