scribbled revisions

I love words. I'm learning to use them.

Tag: editing

Happy moment: Scribbled Revisions got nominated for a Kreativ Blogger Award!

I started this blog back in February with hopes of one or two people reading finding my posts. I never expected to build such meaningful relationships with other writers around the world.

Fast-forward to a happy moment for Todd: Scribbled Revisions was nominated for a blogging award!

According to a quick Google search, the Kreativ Blogger Award has been circulating the web for years and has played a big role in bridging the audience gap between bloggers. Read the rest of this entry »

eBook review: “You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like one)” by Jeff Goins.

Truth is beautiful. Sometimes, it’s brutal.

“Writing is hard — real hard. It’s work. Somehow, you never talk about that in your college composition class.” – Jeff Goins

The more I write, the more I realize this harsh truth, and the more I [falsely] believe I’m alone in this struggle.

Thank God for people like Jeff Goins. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh, waiting. What a beast you are!

Sometimes I’m the most impatient person I know.

Least patient? Not sure. Whichever one is more extreme, I meant that one.

I’ve written before about waiting, about how hard it is for me. Even when I know a great sense of accomplishment is near, I still hate the time it takes to get there.

*Slaps self on hand* Read the rest of this entry »

Everyone needs an editor – including me.

Last week was excruciatingly busy. My editing assignments seemed to grow more and more each day and I was running up against a deadline for my latest feature article. I worked through my long list of projects and produced quality work, yet most days I didn’t feel any closer to completion. I was so overwhelmed by words. Read the rest of this entry »

Confessions of a noise addict.

My name is Todd, and I’m a noise addict.

Like so many people today, I’m constantly plugged in. My Internet browser gives me access to everything from world news updates to celebrity gossip to Pinterest, plus all the happenings in my Facebook and Twitter spheres. I feel a constant “need” to be in-the-know. If I step away from my desk for a moment, I can take my smartphone with me to make sure I don’t miss anything. Read the rest of this entry »

The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle? “Me too.”

Words of empathy carry so much power. They help to normalize struggles and are the most valuable response to an act of vulnerability.

I could say so much more, but I’d just be reiterating what Brene Brown says in this TED talk on shame, guilt and vulnerability [below]. Read the rest of this entry »

The final word[s].

Just a warning: This blog may contain some spoilers. And I’m okay with that. 🙂

Today marked a slightly significant milestone in my book process as I finally transfered all of the content into the formatted document – clocking in at 207 pages! The next step will be uploading the document to CreateSpace along with the cover, ordering a proof and doing a final uber-intense copy edit. #boom.

However, I’m not here to talk about my book. Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes, we just need to be nurtured.

Ironically, I contributed zero creativity to this post. That’s okay. Sometimes, we need to take time to be nurtured.

That said, I want to turn your attention to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. In this TED clip, she shares about nurturing creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

A lesson on listening.

“The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master.” -Charlotte Brontë

I’ll admit that I’ve been putting off writing a new post until I had time to do so. Until I was ready to articulate some meaningful reflection.

Lately I’ve been so consumed with writing that the last thing I wanted to do was blog. I just finished off a big assignment at work on Monday and have been spending much of my time on my book project, leading up to a *tentative* launch by the end of April. The more I research self-publishing, the more I realize how much work is still ahead of me. Read the rest of this entry »

You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

The Little Prince

I grew up on an island with less than 2000 people. The public school had around 300 students, K-12. Graduation was a huge deal. The entire community came to the event, and each graduating student brought a customized box where guests could leave a gift.

One of the most meaningful gifts was a paperback copy of The Little Prince by Antione de Saint Exupery. The gift was from an influential teacher who taught me 8th grade humanities, senior year civics and four years of French – as well as led school trips to Washington, D.C., France and Quebec. Inside the book’s cover was a handwritten note:

“Dear Todd,
Because of all of the trips and classes, I give you chapter 21.”

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