I'm hip deep in revisions with two of my clients.
Revising is agony, no two ways about it. And particular agony as we try to figure out what's going to work (or not!) in a chapter, and the whole book.
Frequently my author will say "how about I do this."
And sometimes I say "Hey I have this Great Idea, how about you do that."
And then we both laugh cause if there's one ironclad rule here it's this:
Assess what's on the page, not what's in your head.
I have had Great Ideas that turn out to be ... err ... not.
And no matter what we're thinking, it's what's on the page that will be in readers' hands.
Here's an illustration of Great Idea; Not So Good Execution: my new curtain ties.
I thought using three cable ties, two yellow, one red, would look really cute and innovative on my bathroom curtain. It now needs to be pulled aside because I have plants there that need the bright, indirect light.
First problem: the cable ties weren't long enough.
So, I made little loops of the red and yellow cable ties and tried that.
Now they look stupid not cute.
And NOTHING like what I'd envisioned in my mind when I thought of the idea.
But I didn't know that till I tried it.
This is why you need to have the words on the page to see if something works.
All my ideas are Great when I think of them.
I wish they all worked in real life.
Also, if you have any good ideas for clever curtain pull backs let me know.
Turns out doing fixie things around the house helps overcome cosmic anxiety.