Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

The Way of the Diamond

During revisions and edits, words can seem a bit...much.  It's like they're everywhere when you don't want them and nowhere to be found when you need them.  So this Wednesday, I offer up a word of encouragement for the Reviser, the Editor, the Shiny New Idea Holder.  To the Query-er and Deal-Haver-But-Now-Stuck-In-Sit-And-Wait-er:

"A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure."
-Author Unknown

Let your diamond shine :-)
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39 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm feeling the pressure!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Ha! Hear that, o lump of coal in my brain? I need to apply some pressure!

Angela Brown said...

In the midst of revisions, seems the pressure is never ending. Yet, I hope someone gets to read my story and feel they found a gem.

Angela Brown said...

LOL! We seem to do that whole applying the pressure well as writers.

mshatch said...

oh, I do hope my shiny new idea will prove to be a diamond when all is said and done not to mention my recently completed wip which is soon to head into the land of Revisions.

Angela Brown said...

I'm certain it not only can but will be a diamond!

Misha Gericke said...

Great quote! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great quote! Thanks for the encouragement!

Angelina Rain said...

So true. All my ideas are diamonds, up until I actually write them into a story and they become coal. A good editor turns that coal back into a diamond.

Angela Brown said...

You're welcome. It's pretty helpful remembering that many of us work with stories that don't start and end with complete perfection. It takes work and patience to make it shine.

Angela Brown said...

You're more than welcome :-)

Angela Brown said...

That's a cool way of viewing it as well. Afterall, that diamond-in-the-rough has to cut to get the right shine.

1000th.monkey said...

Ha ha, very nice :D

Charlie Holmberg said...

Love it. :)

Randy said...

I enjoyed your post. Guess I better get back to shining my WIP.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Very true, and a great reminder. :) Thanks for sharing it!

Angela Brown said...

Cool beans. I know a diamond's supposed to be a girl's best friend. I guess it's because it took a lot of work to get it to perfection, the way we writers work hard on our stories.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Charlie :-)

Angela Brown said...

Yep. Can't wait to read the great works you've got.

Angela Brown said...

You're welcome, Bethany. I needed it for myself and thought, "Can't keep this to myself" lol! Glad it's an encouragement to others as well.

Sherry Parker said...

I'm at again...thank the Lord! So glad to be back in the saddle, writing and editing, "write" where I belong. Needed this today!Thanks!

Gwen Gardner said...

We're all diamonds in the rough:)

Angela Brown said...

Good to hear it, Sherry. Keep at the writing because you KNOW I can't wait to see your stories make it to print.

Angela Brown said...

Some of us - like myself - are still a little rougher around the edges lol!! :-)

Nadja Notariani said...

Short, sweet, and to the point. Thanks, Angela! :} Right back at you.

Angela Brown said...

Awww...Thanks Nadja :-)

LD Masterson said...

Squeeze, baby, squeeze.

Shelley Munro said...

I love that quote. Now back to the editing for me!

Angela Brown said...

LOL!!! Right!

Angela Brown said...

And more revisions for me. Oh words, words, where are thou? lol!!!

Mike Keyton said...

When I worked in a library I found it a valuable experience in 'weeding' the mundane or plain damaged from the shelves. (books that is, not people) The result is, as you say, the diamonds shone out.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Did you just tell me to get nude in public? "Let your diamond shine"? I think you did. I'm gonna take it that way.

Jolene Perry said...

Sometimes, on the millionth run through the SAME scene, I wonder if it's worth it, and then I'll think of my favorite books and realize that it is.

Angela Brown said...

Now that's a perfect analogy for writing as well.

Angela Brown said...

LOL!! You do that. Just don't point the coppers this way :-)

Angela Brown said...

Imagine if those other writers had stopped, we wouldn't have a chance to read the gems they've put out and shared with the world.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Excellent quote! I am totally feeling the pressure, so I hope I turn into a diamond... SOON! :)

Cate Masters said...

Love that, Angela! One of my supervisors used to say that all too often: Pressure makes diamonds. And it's true, we never know how much we can handle but wow, it feels great when the pressure eases up, too! :)

C.M.Brown said...

Great analogy Angela!

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