10/15/10

The Raw Nature of It

Todd Reed does "raw" right.
All through high school I wrote poetry.  Yes, that god awful bleeding heart, paint yourself as a martyr, nobody understands me poetry.  Along with that, I wrote about the love whirlwind I was on or the crashing heartbreak I experienced.  No matter what the subject, I had one strict rule; you can’t change a thing.

No editing.  Not one word, not the title, nothing.  If you didn’t like my poetry for the raw bloody t-bone still mooing on your dinner plate, well then, go hungry!

Oh those were the days. *she laughs wildly to herself* 

Now, revisions are all I talk about.  I’m sure you’re tired of it. I know I am but that is my life, so be it. There are a lot of speed bumps and curveballs that through me for a loop but when it’s all said and done, I wrote a book.  (Three to be exact.)  And I plan to see this baby to the end. 

Yesterday I read a blog post by Cassandra Claire.  It was an old blog post from 2008 but she talked about inspiration.  And what she said, I could not have said it any better.  And I think my favorite line is:

 “And while it may seem depressing to be told that there is no secret way to access inspiration (like, “Go to this address in Cleveland and knock on the door and tell the guy that the red fox barks at midnight, and he will GIVE YOU THE INSPIRATION”) , I hope it’s also helpful to think that you don’t need to.”

For those of you who know me, I am passionate about physical fitness and let’s face it, there’s no other way to be fit and healthy without putting a little blood, sweat and tears into it.  “No pain, no gain” is not infamous without just cause.  The same goes for whatever you do, you get out of it what you put into it. 

I’m happy I don’t view my current WIP as a piece of “brilliance” (trust me, there are plenty of beginners like me who truly believe that) because I’m not naive to think that whatever I regurgitate onto the page comes out manuscript perfect the first time but what I do know is, I have good bones to work with and that is what I need to focus on.

As to the image... I have an affinity for raw diamonds and Todd Reed does "raw" perfectly.

1 comment :

  1. I don't think I've ever seen a raw diamond before. Cool image :)

    Revisions are where it's at. I know, I'm in a similar slow, difficult to paddle boat as you're in, except mine has holes in it. And it's sinking, ack!

    Great post as always xoxo

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