I mean, I’ll be honest, I got down on my face before God about these revisions.
Here’s the thing. One of my #1 goals in writing is to make people think. I’m not setting out to write a little beach read about which boy is the cutest one on the island. (No offense to anyone writing a book with that premise.) I want to write about ideas and history, about philosophy and religion and paradigms for understanding the world. For teens.
The thing with that kind of book is that it’s hard to write. Your brain churns like a waterwheel, and you have to process these ideas that you’re setting forth. My goodness, I’m writing for young adults, so I feel this responsibility to present them with valid questions (and sometimes answers, although the questions are often more interesting). When I write a pivotal scene and send it off to beta-readers, the response isn’t just, “I like it” or “Use more imagery” or “Better word choices please.” Sometimes the feedback launches me into a re-evaluation of my worldview and the framework through which I see the world.
Makes revisions go a lot slower.
The thing is, I love productivity, so I want to revise quickly and efficiently, but sometimes that’s just not possible.
I am so grateful for amazing friends who are also fascinated by ideas and willing to process them with me. Right now I’m thinking especially of Kristin Luehr and Cindy Hunt. Thanks, ladies, for loving the questions and, each in your own way, embracing the incredible gray areas while believing that black and white also exist.
I and my book are indebted to you.