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Renovations and Writing


Almost two years of renovations to this house we purchased are finally coming to an end…
And it’s been a long and difficult journey comprised of planning, hard work, financial planning, tons of time invested, not to mention the occasional argument, over abundance of profanity when things don’t fit right, or don’t go right, and then finally the decision to sell it.

I call it renovation hell! I’m sure when I get to the point of editing and revising and re-revising, etc., I’ll feel the same, but for now I’m looking forward to getting back on track with writing.

This has made me think of my writing and how similar the two projects are. For the past month I haven’t been writing, blogging, or doing anything writing related due to the fact that we’ve put the house up for sale and crunch time has come.

Lots of odds and ends to finish off this past month, kind of reminds me of rewriting or editing. Looking for all the things that aren’t quite finished or right yet and needed to be cleaned up before presentation.

Which brings me to my reason for this weeks blog… renovating a house is similar to writing.
1. You develop a plan for each room and an overall plan…or a plot where you outline your chapters and the details for them.
2. You gather all your supplies/materials, pick out your flooring, paint, hardware, appliances, trim, and in the case of writing-create your characters, ideas, etc.
3. You carry out your construction starting at the beginning and working through it, sometimes in order, and sometimes in a haphazard manner depending on what needs work, not unlike writing…very similar in fact-start at the beginning and work your way through your story.
4. You come to the end and take a breather looking at everything that’s been done…somewhat like reading through your story.
5. You go back through and fix all the things that still needed to be finished off, redone, touched up, and put the finishing touches on your house, and in the case of writing-go through your manuscript and edit, cut, condense, and streamline all those words you’ve spend so much time working on to make it as perfect as possible.

And in the end, you hope you’ve done the best job possible to sell your house at a decent and profitable price and in the case of a manuscript hopefully secure an agent and possibly a publishing deal to see your work come to fruition.

Either way, there’s a sense of self-satisfaction in achieving any huge project like this. I’m just glad the reno’s are done so I can get back to writing which I’ve missed so much this past month during my ‘house revisions’ hehe!

p.s. hope the next house doesn’t need any reno’s!!!

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12 Responses

  1. Ah it may well Pat, but thats where you add value and you have the chance to do your own thing to place your own stamp on it. I’d love my own personal library room.

  2. Yeah!!!! Welcome back to blog world babe. 🙂
    Even new house’s are never perfect. Always something you want to change a month after you move in. lol! I hope your home sells uber fast! 🙂

  3. The next house you get should need a complete reno job doing to it. The thing to do is make a good video of it, talk through the stages of the reno work being done (scripted). Then when its done, re-make the videos as a DVD and sell it. Do it right and you might even get some money from equipment makers.

  4. In my experience renovations always take longer than you think they’re going to take – that’s something I find true about writing as well.

    Congrats on the reno completion – my house will never be finished (the curse of a century home) so I envy the satisfaction you must feel!

    • No truer words were spoken Angela…it did take longer. I anticipated a couple of months, my hubby a year…it took just shy of 2 years. You’re so right about writing being similar. It takes longer than we expect. 🙂

  5. Good luck selling the house! Good luck getting back into writing 🙂

    Julie/Firewolf

  6. Now like writing, do renos seem like they’re never quite finished, always something to tweek? Be strong, step back from that hammer. Welcome back to the world of the word. Good luck with the house.

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