Friday, October 17, 2008

Hand over the barbecue sauce...


This is the scene I awoke to on Tuesday morning. It wasn't the first time some neighbor's pigs got loose and ran wild in our backyard destroying our landscaping. They did it last week and we had just repaired the damage and then they returned.
I wanted to cry when I saw the deep ruts they tore into our lawn and gardens. They flipped up bushes and tore at the sod all with the end of their noses.
All that work we did--destroyed in seconds.
I felt much the same way when an editor sent back a story I'd written and it was filled with red marks. Corrections needed. I wanted to take the book and toss it. I wanted to take those pigs and shake them.
But eventually I got my rake and attacked the holes and ripped out plants and tried to put it back together somehow.
I did the same with my book; but with the book--I knew it would not only be repaired--it would be better.
Do you feel some days like wild pigs have torn apart your work of art? Maybe a well-meaning writer critiqued some of your favorite parts? Maybe an editor sent it back with corrections?
Pick up your pen and put it together again--you'll be surprised how quickly those repairs really do go!

7 comments:

Linda said...

What a timely word for me this morning. Thank you!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

So sorry to hear about the destruction! But thanks for the words of encouragement to go on and make my writing better when I feel discouraged from the overdose of "red lines"!

Janna Qualman said...

You're right; if we can get past the disappointment and hop to the task, it all works out better.

Darn pigs...

AnooCre8ion said...

Thanks for the encouragement Terri.



Blessings,
Vickie

Angie Ledbetter said...

oooo, I think I'd be having bacon and pork chops for supper tonight! ;) But you're right...best to just get busy and forge ahead to make things better.

Barbara said...

What an experience!!

Rachel Eggum Cinader said...

It sounds like those pigs need to go to market! Hey Terri are you familiar with Writer's edge manuscript service? or Christian manuscript submission?