Thursday, September 15, 2011

Unexpected Surprises!

... Lessons in Picking Blackberries #3 ...

I went out to pick blackberries this morning,

but look at what I found in my berry patch:

What a delight that unexpected surprise brought to me!

It reminded me of an article I read in WRITER'S DIGEST titled "The Geyser Approach to Revision" by James Scott Bell. He suggested overwriting "... for a few minutes without stopping ..." because "Intentionally overwriting brings up all manner of surprises, most of which you'll not use. But in the pile you'll pull out a gem that you will want to keep" (page 23).

So, if you're stuck on a scene, description, voice, or whatever, try letting your imagination loose for a few minutes. Go crazy overwriting the problem section. Who knows, maybe you'll find some unexpected surprises!

Happy Writing.

What is your favorite revision tip?


  1. Those look yummy! Great suggestion on the revision front as well.

  2. Yes, going that extra mile to brainstorm more ideas is usually worth it. I have a hard time doing it because so much gets thrown away (and I hate that part), but what's left over is worth it's weight in gold.

  3. Agreed! Sometimes I just turn off the inner editor and write whatever. SO many unexpected things happen! Love it.

    And now I am soooo hungry! Yum!

  4. That's an interesting idea. Go crazy and see what's left over :)

    Also, those berries look sooo good. I want to live at your house!

  5. Mmmm good. I'm from Florida and I love those berries. I love writing unexpected, surprisingly romantic scenes. Sometimes even the protagonist is surprised. Hehehe.