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The upshot is that my mind went into hyper-mode and time slowed. I had those split seconds, which seemed like minutes, to decide my fate. The choices were to try to avoid a head-on collision or die. But there were two alternatives. The first was to swing the wheel and head my truck to the right, and into the cars of the bumper-to-bumper collisions. The second was to aim for the left where the blanket of the day's two feet of snow offered a cushion for impact and a garage—if I got that far.
My decision was to swerve the truck left. Better to hit a building than kill a person. I turned the wheel. The truck skidded left.
To this day, I believe an angel rode the bumper of my truck because the truck did a spin, going backwards down the hill, swerving, missing the upcoming car, swinging wide of the bumper-to-bumper vehicles and came to rest on the berm, pointed downhill and only feet from where I needed to turn onto my road to home.
As I sat dumbfounded and staring at the roadway trying to process what just happened, and realizing I was unharmed and my truck unscathed, a fireman came up to my truck. I lowered the window. The man said, "That was some driving."
I never told him that once the truck began to spin I had let go of the wheel. I was not in control of that truck!
I have always wondered about the hyper-mode the brain goes into when danger strikes and am curious if others have experienced that. If you have, please leave a comment.
Writers are individuals but to be a producing writer means creating a system to revise and polish a work so the reader thoroughly enjoys the story. REVISION IS A PROCESS is a guidebook for writers and authors that shows how a simple 12-step process can be tailored to eliminate the most common and chronic maladies of writing genre fiction. This valuable guidebook contains secrets, tips, practical advice, how-to's, and why-to's for taking the frustration out of self-editing.
Enjoy an excerpt FromSection 1, An Overview of Revision is a Process
. . . revision is a process . A logical, straightforward process where you don't try to find and fix everything at once. Instead, you break the monumental task into component parts and focus on only an item or two at a time.
Okay, so the reality is that creative people, especially writers, hate logic and straightforwardness. And it's a fact that logic and creativity have always been at war with each other. After all, creativity gives a writer a high like no other. It's the fun part of writing and storytelling.
On the other hand, revising, rewriting, and self-editing are linear, logical, objective—and not fun.
Ever so necessary if one intends to be commercially successful in the writing business.
Here's something I've learned about writing and self-editing—a writer should find a middle ground. That means having the logical part of one's mind work with the subconscious imagination (the creative self).
It's about adopting a different view of self-editing—calling it a process—and diligently organizing that process into small steps that can easily be done. This gives a writer confidence that they have polished their story and increased its marketability.
I strongly believe, and have seen, that revision-as-a-process enables a writer to use both their left (logical) and right (creative) brain to become even more creative.
That's because the writer not only tailors a one-of-a-kind process but they also develop their own revision master cheat sheets. As a result, the creative subconscious (the imagination) becomes aware of the pitfalls and glitches that must be checked for, and subsequently, little by little, the creative self dishes up better first drafts with far fewer errors.
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