I’ve had a touch of stinkifunkitis in 2015. (No this isn’t the same as the funkysmellitosis I’m also suffering from after a very sweaty yoga class.)
My word of the year in 2014 was REVISE. And I revised my patootie off.
But this January my revision brain is on vacation. I tried to work it with ReViMo, with medium success. I tricked it into revisions by rereading and analyzing manuscripts when not in front of the computer. Unfortunately, none of the changes are getting finalized into nice final drafts.
So when I read Romelle Broas’ blog post this morning – Confessionsof a Writer: So Close Yet So Far - which opens with this:
I have a confession to make.
Lately, I've been plagued by doubt, fear, and nonsense talk.
I found myself yelling, “OMGollygee, ME TOO!!”
Misery loves company, and boy does it feel good to know I’m not the only one facing a lot of self-doubt.
But this ain’t no Pity Party.
Nope… This is a Persistence Party. After we pin the illustrations on the picture book and crack open the slush pile piñata, we give eachother a big hug and say, “get back to work.”
|"I will break this pinata open if it's the last|
thing I do."
Because, like Romelle, I find creative writing for children incredibly fun, motivating, and inspiring. What a great job to have. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to write a NEW draft. Because it’s okay to let revisions wait a little bit while I nourish my brain with the bright orange glow of creativity.