Someone from my How to Revise Your Novel boot camp forum asked me if I’m writing while revising. Glad she asked because I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one who isn’t creating anything new. Plowing through this revision consumes all my energy. In fact, I’m avoiding writing by telling myself I can’t possibly do two things at once. The most I write is the occasional page-long contemplation of various things.
I did a one page on getting older that no one in my writing group wanted to hear, although I assured them it was funny. Guess I hit a nerve there.
So, what’s happening now? More revision avoidance maneuvers. I bought an iPod touch for my birthday, but I probably shouldn’t have. For me, electronic distractions, creative procrastinations, and the internet results in a serious inability to concentrate on the task — finishing this novel, getting it edited, and getting it out there.
Just so I can feel creative again, I’ve thought about dusting off my first short story, Riding Pillion, and revising it using the skills I’m acquiring from the course. It’s a decent story with a twist at the end guaranteed to offend certain some people. Mom didn’t like it, but she’s used to highbrow science fiction with a strong feminist angle. Riding Pillion is ironic, light, with a happier ending than most of my writing. It manages to cover the evolution (or not) of male/female relationships from the Roman Age to the future in five thousand words. If I polish it enough I might sacrifice it the cruel gods of Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine.
I think I can resurrect this story and keep working on revision. At least I can try.
Besides, sometimes you just have to say WTF.