Doing Something Different

So I think after you’ve been drafting, revising, editing, querying, drafting, revising, editing, querying for a while, you can fall into a routine.

I’ve found myself there. So I’ve decided to switch it up a bit. Move outside my comfort zone. Do something I haven’t done in a VERY long time.

I mean, we all know that saying. I looked it up, and found that it was Henry Ford who said it.

And in all honesty, what I’ve been doing hasn’t been working the way I’d like it to. I want different results. Which means I need to do something different.

So I’ve decided to revise my next manuscript, which is drafted and has been edited by “normal” way a couple of times. I’ve had a few betas read the first few chapters.

Now it’s about to get crazy.

I’m going to print it. I bought 5 highlighters in different colors. I’m taking some independent study courses from Margie Lawson — basically, I pay the $22 fee and I get to download all her course notes. (Click on LECTURE PACKETS if you’re interested to see what she’s offering.) I’ve purchased three of her lecture packets, and I’m working through them with some writing partners.

And I’m almost ready to start putting highlighter to paper. I haven’t edited on paper for YEARS. It’s much slower, if I remember right. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a system quite as detailed as what I’m about to try.

But then again, I’m hoping that I’ll get a result that I’ve never gotten before.

Have you ever done something radically different than normal? What was the result? 


Liz Isaacson writes contemporary and inspirational romance when she’s not teaching. She is currently revising her inspirational romance manuscript and blogging about writing, reading, and life. She lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children, where she serves on her community’s library board and attends various writing conferences around the state.