Justine: Procrastination, Thy Name is Revision

eight ladies writing, procrastination, procrastinate, revision, revising, writingIf you’ve been following Eight Ladies recently, you’ll know I’m finally finished my first draft…it’s time to revise and polish.

This is the first time I’ve done revision. On my first book.

Translation: I’ve never done this before.

(Embarrassing admission: I’m afraid of the magnitude of changes I have to make, so I’ve been procrastinating.)

When I’m faced with something I’m not sure how to tackle, or if the “something” is huge and intimidating, I procrastinate. For instance, I’ve spent a lot of time lately working on my timeline (necessary, but not required…I have plenty of scenes that I need to write that are not really timeline-dependent), I’m creating a “bible” of notes, observations, characters, settings, facts, etc. about Napoleon and the Regency to support my story (could definitely do this later), I’ve been jotting notes for the next book (um, hello? Finish the first one!), and of course I’ve been doing the usual household stuff like laundry, paying bills, cleaning and de-cluttering the storage closet, organizing receipts for taxes, and scrubbing the grout in the kitchen with a small toothbrush. Continue reading