Friday, June 30, 2006

Editing

As I'm going through the tedious process of editing my newest book, it's interesting to analyze my thoughts and emotions. To me, editing feels like running. I don't like running, yet, I run almost every day to stay in shape. I hate the process. It hurts. I sweat, toil, and grumble. But when I get done, I'm always glad I did it. I am healthier, and I feel better.

I don't like to edit. I have seen these words so many times, I just want them to go away. When my editor spots a bad phrase, I cringe. Yes, she's right (some of the time). I have to change it. But if I do, I have to back and change something else, and that will lead to yet another change fifty pages ago. And, once it's all done, did I remember everywhere that new thought will affect?

So, while editing, I sweat. I toil. I grumble. But when it's done, I'm glad I did it. My book is better, and I feel better.

I think we need to invent a Gatorade for writers.

3 comments:

Julius Scipio said...

Yeah, I don't like to look back and go through stuff when I write either. I make way to many mistakes and stuff.
They definately need gatorade for writers.
Brainorade! Or maybe Writerade.

P.S. Loved the books can't wait till Eye of the Oracle.

Galactic Overlord-In-Chief said...

I hate editing too...it's like having dozens of spiders crawl all over you, plus I always fear I've left something out.

Speaking of Gatorade, I work five days a week outside, so I usually drink 2 or 3 small bottles of orange Gatorade per day. Defintely keeps me going!

Kameron said...

Haha. I just finished my first week of running after a couple years of inactivity. It's not my preferred activity, exercise for exercise's sake. Editing isn't as painful to me. Overcoming inertia (in writing) equates to running for me. ;)