Me during revisions:
Man this book is going to be more than awesome after these revisions.
Shit! How did I come up with such a cool metaphor? You're rockin' it sistah!
Hmm, yeah, it's ok, but I know you can do better than that. Read the last paragraph you wrote.
What's wrong with me? Was that paragraph just a one-hit-wonder? Why can't you put the same magic into every paragraph. Try again. NOW!
Nup. This is useless. I'm kidding myself. I can't work this magic for the WHOLE book. Shit.
*starts to cry*
*receives email from best critique partner in the whole wide world*
Jessica. Oh.my.God. I just read your revised chapter one. And it is CRYSTAL CLEAR why Janice extended you a contract. Crystal! Holy shit. ... It's all so beautifully expressed. Your writing, it's gorgeous.
*I prick my shoulders up in pride and stop crying*
Man this book is going to be way more than awesome after these revisions.
Holy cow! How did I come up with such a cool simile? You're mega rockin' it sistah!
Hmm, yeah, not bad, but I know you can do better than that. Read the last couple of paragraphs you wrote.
What the flip is wrong with me? Were those couple of paragraphs just flukes? Where's the magic gone? Try again! NOW!
Nup. This is pathetic. I'm fooling myself. This sucks. Shit.
*slams hand on desk and hurts self*
Nicole? Can you send me another ego-boosting email? Yeah, every two days should be fine. Ta! :o)
How do you feel when you're revising? Do you put yourself on an emotional rollercoaster too?
Heads-up: Tomorrow I will be doing a joint post with published author Karen Gowen about page-turning vs. prose-savoring. And Thursday I'm going to be interviewed by the rockstar Matthew Rush over at his blog QQQE.