The Country Called Revision Hell

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought

I am deep with the country named Revision Hell. It’s a land full of quicksand and chasms. Horrid places where everything you have previously written turns to crap. Plot lines wither and die. There is no conflict. Your hero becomes inane, you heroine vapid.

Revision Hell sucked the middle out of my book, chewed it up and spat it out. It’s not pretty. The only way out is to write. It is a solitary journey.

I’ll leave you something pleasant to look at while I’m making my way out.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue Schlabach September 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Jump on one of those carnival horses and ride, Kate. You may get dizzy, but you’ll find that middle of the book along the way! Good luck.


robena grant September 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

You have my sympathies, Kate. I’m in copyedits right now and juggling a revision letter for the 2nd book. Tough times, but I know this is my opportunity to make the stories better. You can do it, you’re a good storyteller, just keep reminding yourself of that. : )


Skye September 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

I’m going to begin revisions on my first novel Very Soon Now. I’ve never done this before and upon reading my entire novel I notice a lot of problems. Like too much dialog and not enough action, among other things. Pity me. You have my sympathy, too.


Brussel Sprout September 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

I think I’m somewhere around Dante’s 6th or 7th circle…I know the book is good in terms of bones but the flesh has zombie properties and keeps falling off in putrid lumps.


Deborah Blake September 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I’m doing revisions on the first quarter of the new book, trying to fix some serious issues before I move on to write the rest. You have my sympathy!


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