Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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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    1. 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.

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

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

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  3. 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.

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

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  4. Great quote! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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    1. 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.

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  5. Great quote! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  6. 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.

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

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    1. 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.

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

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

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

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    1. 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.

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  10. 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!

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

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  11. We're all diamonds in the rough:)

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

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

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

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

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  14. 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.

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

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  15. 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.

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

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  16. 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.

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    1. 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.

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

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  18. 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! :)

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