May 6, 2013 by Kira Lyn Blue
The Good News:
Well, doc, it’s up and down. I sent the MS out to some beta reading specialists to get some second opinions a few weeks ago and have received most of the results. The very, very good news is that the specialists all concur on one diagnosis: Murphy’s First Law needs a little sister.
Doc, I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. My baby thrilled the specialists enough that they want me to make another one. Just…awesome! That was the plan anyway, right?
The Bad News:
Of course, the specialists also had some concerns about MFL’s current development. It’s obvious that it’s still too early to cut the cord and send my baby out into the big, bad world yet.
The problem is that this revision phase feels much less natural than the original drafting. At the risk of pushing the baby analogy to far, I feel like MFL is stuck in a preemie ward hooked up to machines and being mechanically pushed to get better and grow stronger rather than safe in the rich womb of my mind being directly fed the full force of my creativity.
So, like any modern mother, I took my concerns to the interwebs for resources to deal with this problem. I found a post from Writing Doc Extraordinaire, Kristen Lamb, that I think covers my worries fairly well: Editing: Are You Butchering Your Creativity?
Yeah, Doc, I think I’ve got Butcheritis. The beta reading specialists really did help me nail down what about MFL still needs improvement. I’ve mapped out a surgical revision plan and thought I knew exactly what I needed to do to prepare my baby for prime time. But with every surgery, my baby seems less and less familiar to me.
OK, shifting the analogy a bit now. You know how you can tell when someone’s had too much plastic surgery? When you see a face with eyebrows lifted so high the person looks constantly surprised? Or so much Botox that their face doesn’t barely moves to show emotion? Or worse, they just don’t look real anymore?
Yeah, that’s what I’m worried about while doing my revisions. I think I know my plot and characters too well at this point to revise effectively. I don’t have the right perspective to see how surgically altering the nose affects the overall aesthetic of the face.
So, I think I am going to have to shove MFL into an incubation chamber for a few weeks until I can get some perspective on it. I’ve got a one-off book that’s set in the same world as MFL that the Muse has been pestering me to work on. Maybe I’ll work on that for a while.
Anyone else out there have a better cure for Butcheritis?