Some of you know the first Wednesday of the month is our turn to write about our insecurities. What makes us frazzled and worried? Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group. Be sure to hop on over to AlexJCavanaugh.blogspot.com to find out what everyone has to say.
Lately, editing has been making me a bit more frantic than usual. I'm working on revising one of my books. Did you ever think this passage or that one just couldn't be left out? Then you might decide to take it out, but the next day, you revise it and plunk it back in there somewhere. How do you know you're doing the right thing? I think you need to trust your intuition, like you did when you were in school taking a test. Remember how teachers would sometimes remind you that usually your first intuition was right? If you think your favorite part is helpful to the story, leave it in. Just be sure it's not similar to something else you've written in the book or article already.
How do you overcome editing jitters? I'm hoping it's like everything else. The more we practice, the less editing we actually need. What do you think?
Hoping all your insecurities are little ones.
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I understand your insecurity, Deanie. I question myself when I'm writing too. I think you are right, that we should trust our intuition. Editing can be really tough. Just take your time. You can do it. Good-luck.ReplyDelete
Thank you Murees! I'll bet you're better at editing than I am. Sometimes it drives me nuts cause I'm never sure I did the right thing. You're so sweet to stop by and encourage me. :)ReplyDelete
Editing sometimes has me pulling my hair out. I know all about the take it out-then put it back in syndrome. In the end, I go with what sounds and feels right to me. Intuition, I guess. I just finished editing my second book, and it was such a huge relief. Good luck with your edits!ReplyDelete