Back in March, my dear friend and critique partner Eddy Rivas posted a great blog post called, “Your Thing Is Good and You Should Feel Good.” He invited anyone and everyone to post a piece of their WIP to the comments section. He would read each one and reply, “Your thing is good and you should feel good.”
It was a hit. And I think I know why.
Sometimes we writers fall out of love with our work. It happens. It’s not because we don’t love the story or the characters anymore. Personally, I grow weary of the revision process pretty quickly. I love writing a new story; it’s thrilling, exciting, like first love. But over time, when I have to deepen my understanding of my story, my characters, and revisit them constantly–I get sick of it.
I fall out of love.
So, today, dear Eddy gave me what I call some revision therapy. He asked me:
“Tell me what you love about this book.”
I told him. I love my assassins–especially young Scorpion, missing his tongue, but still sexy as all get-out. I love my drunk Han Solo character, who goes by Lionel Harvey. I definitely love the climax of this novel; it’s scary and sad and the end of a great character arc.
But I’m not on that stuff yet. I’m still mired in the first third of the MS, where it seems like I’ve been for the last few months.
“Well,” he said, “tell me what you love about the part you’re working on.”
I had to think about it. I love the gryphon carrying a horse around in the air–it’s such a ridiculous image, and the horse is almost too freaked out to actually, you know, freak out. She’s just stunned. I loved writing that look on her face, giving her life and personality.
I love getting to know my characters better. They’re pitted against some bandits, and hijinks ensue–and let me tell you, I love me some hijinks.
Suddenly, after this conversation, the juices started flowing again. I’m tearing up this MS and putting down new, better words like my hair is on fire.
“Your thing is good,” Eddy told me. “And you should feel good.”
It’s amazing what just a few words can do. My manuscript is good. I should feel good about it.
So tell me–what are you working on right now? Post it to the comments section, or even better, post it to your own blog–and let’s make this a thing!