Still Revising, No New Writing

Ah. That’s such a sad and lonely title. But it’s true. No writing. I’ve been very busy at work, which means I have less energy and focus left for writing. I’m also pushing myself to finish revisions on Vessel before I get back to my writing WIP. I decided on some major changes to the last few chapters, including completely scrapping and rewriting two scenes. Kind of late in my process to make a major change like that. It happened that way with Tribute, too. As soon as I knew I needed to give it to betas, I decided to make more changes. Both books are better for the additional revisions. And the thing is, I know they’ll be out there forever, so I want them to be as good as I can make them. Within reason. That’s no excuse to hold onto it until the end of time, getting every word, sentence, paragraph, scene, and chapter “right.” 🙂

Hope all my ROW80 buddies are making tons of progress. I’m gonna go blog hop around and get inspired. You guys do that to me. 🙂

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

7 comments on “Still Revising, No New Writing

  1. Thank you for your comment over at my place! You are right…I think I have learnt so much about myself already in the preparation stages. I really want to start writing adn when the time finally comes I hope I am able to write easily! We will see!

    Revising is something I have not yet done (my chick lit book is on hold and only a third of it is written!) but it must be a hard process and at times it must be hard to recognise the progress you are making. With word counts you naturally feel you are getting somewhere as you are adding more!

    I hope this week goes well for you!

  2. “Within reason.” – Love that. I think that’s the balance that a good writer has to wrestle with. A MS is never truly done (because there’s always something we can change) but being “done” and “ready” are two different things. Just trust your instincts. Good luck on finishing those revisions!

  3. All that revision, as you well know, is most definitely part of the process. I love your willingness to scrap what needs to go to make it the best it can be…and your wisdom to know, at some point, you just have to let it “fly and be free.” Good balance.

    And while you’re busy with other things, I’m sure your WIP is taking shape in your mind. And that, too, is part of the process.

    Hope you have a great day.

  4. Whatever you can get done, as everyone keeps telling me. It’s still progress on something. And all that hard does pay off. Hope you revising and new writing both come along this next week.

  5. ‘[My book] will be out there forever’ is the thought that haunts me every time I think about publishing. It inspires me to know that you’ve recognized this fact and moved past it! I hope that I will be able to do the same thing when I finally have something start-to-finish done. Rock on JR! (And omg, work has been crazy and totally encroaching on my time/ability to write. Grr.)

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