I apologize for not posting last month. I have gotten carried away in my editing and with other work goals.
JuNoWriMo was fun. I got a good portion of the editing done, and loved being a word sprint host. There were also a few life changes during June. It was hard at the time, but it all worked out for the best. I’m doing wonderfully now.
I’ve learned a lot about myself as an editor too. Sometimes I edit scene by scene. Other times I need to take notes. And I figured out what I needed time-wise. I have been working on Tapestry for awhile now, but it still isn’t ready for publication. Time is a writer’s best friend. Taking time away from a piece of work can lead to clarity when editing. I thought I could write, do first revisions, then put it aside. As it turns out, this is too ambitious. It’s hard to seriously edit anything that has JUST been written. I can fix grammar and tighten it slightly, but the magical editing muse won’t make her appearance for weeks. Time and distance is essential.
I have also learned to accept that my writing won’t be a glamorous, masterpiece during the first draft stage. Logically I have known this from day one. Many writers preach this. Yet, it’s still hard to accept. It has nothing to do with arrogance so much as self-doubt. Some first drafts are okay. Other first drafts are horrendous! It’s embarrassing. My inner critic whispers crazy things to me. It says my readers will stealthily find this copy of my work, read it, and decide I’m not good enough. I readily admit this is silly. Editing is what makes a piece shine; it’s where it becomes great. Still, it’s tough to look at bad writing and not cringe.
Anyway, my newfound acceptance has brightened my mood, and I am excited to tell you that I’m almost done with this round of editing! Woo hoo!
Hope you’ve been well!