I can't say I'm one of those writers who loves revising. (Those writers do exist; I've actually seen them in real life.) But if I force myself to remember that revising is just RE-VISIONing, it helps. Then I relax into the process and can almost, a l m o s t look forward to what may happen as a result.
If you are like me, or even if you are a revision-lover, take a peek at www.deareditor.com now because it is Revision Week and there is some really great stuff offered by authors at the top of their game. Speaking of offers, as part of Revision Week, The Editor is offering a giveway for FREE partials and one full manuscript edit. I can't say enough good things about The Editor, Deborah Halverson. She worked on my novel manuscript and her insight brought the manuscript to a completely new level. So hop to it, little spring bunnies! And let me know what you think of Revision Week. I'll be the one trying on new sunglasses -- and a new plot line.
I'm sharing a humorous sad-but-true Rejection Bingo post created by Zachary Petit.
This is one game I'd rather not win!
I ADORE interacting with preschoolers. Topics zip around the room like hummingbirds. Here is an actual piece of dialogue from my most recent preschool visit in which we are reading A Warm Winter Tail and talking about adaptation to cold.
Me: What season is it outside right now?
Me: Is it a hot season or a cold season?
Me: Right. It's a cold season. It's winter. And its very cold today, isn't it?
Sweet Boy #1: I LIKE FROGS!!!!
Me: You like frogs? Um. Me, too. Do we see frogs in the winter?
Me: Right. We don't see frogs in the winter because they can't stay warm in the snow and cold weather. They have to "adapt" -- change their bodies -- to stay alive in the winter. Just before it gets cold in the winter, they make a home under some leaves where it is a little bit warmer.
Sweet Girl #1: I'M HAVING A SLEEPOVER WITH MY AUNT TONIGHT AND SHE'S SLEEPING ON THE PULL OUT COUCH BUT SHE TOLD MY MOM THAT IT ISN'T TOO SOFT FOR HER BUT SHE'S STILL SLEEPING OVER!!!!
Me: That sounds like fun. So...I bet you will give your aunt a blanket to keep her warm, right? Too bad animals don't have blankets. Have you ever seen a wild animal with a blanket?
Me: Or jackets?
Class: (MUCH LAUGHTER)
Me: Or mittens? (I'm loving the escalation of humor) Have you ever seen a whitetailed deer with mittens? He'd have to have four mittens right? One for each hoof?
Class: (SO MUCH LAUGHTER I'M WONDERING IF I'LL REEL THEM IN AGAIN. Oops. Maybe went a little too far with the escalation of humor thing)
Sweet Boy #2: DO YOU HAVE A DUMPTRUCK?
Me: (smiles) No, sadly I don't. I've always wanted a dumptruck.
If you are a writer, you have to learn to deal with rejection. It is just part of the landscape. Here are two posts about rejection that might ease the sting. The first is by Darcy Pattison, an author who I appreciate for her honesty and insight. And, this post from Writer's Digest's Wendy Burt-Thomas may help decipher what the rejection is trying to tell you. (It is NOT telling you to quit, by the way.)
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