Nope. No matter how I say it, that word conjures up nothing inside me but dread. I am the idea lady. Just full of them. They fill my writing journal and the notes and voice memos apps on my phone. There are sticky notes with ideas all over my desk. I don’t even mind writing the first draft. But anything after that falls into the revisions category. And, well, I think I might be allergic to revisions. I even wrote a poem about revisions that got published in SCBWI’s Bulletin last year! Clearly, I need to do less thinking about revisions and more doing them. I currently have six picture books that need revising and I seem to always find something else to do besides work on them.
Then I heard about the 2nd Annual ReviMo, Revise More Picture Books Challenge, which is taking place this week, January 11-17, 2015. ReviMo is the brainchild of author Meg Miller and is filled with encouraging blog posts, support from other writers and prizes! Hooray for prizes!
I signed up and I’m ready to go! So here’s to a week of focusing more on my neglected stories and making “significant and thoughtful changes to a Picture Book Manuscript,” as Meg puts it. Bring it on! I will now try to say the word with a smile.