10.02.2013

IWSG - The Editing Cave

EDITING!!!!


That's where I'm at.

I've found some writers hate writing, but love having finished. Others get giddy over creating their story, but struggle with fine tuning. And there's those crazy people who can't wait to edit (I use 'crazy people' with the utmost admiration).

I'm of the falls-head-over-heals-in-love-with-creating variety.

 
Don't get me wrong. Editing has it's beautiful moments - when the stars align and everything comes together and you're like, "Oh. My. God. I. Am. Awesome." I like those moments. I've experienced magic in those moments. But the rest is a little blah ba dee blah blah. For me. Ahem.

But it's all part of the process, which I do love, for better or worse.

My current edit is over the hump and *should* be smooth sailing from here. *Knocks on desk*

As I re-enter my editing cave, I'm letting the sun shine through all the cracks and holes so I don't forget there is an end. And it's beautiful...





 *Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting IWSG - a monthly blog hop where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. iI’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!*

*GIF's are thanks to Tumblr

10 comments:

  1. Hi Jessika - I share your editing pain. Love the "stars align" moments too. Looking forward to the end and creating all over again.

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    1. So nice to hear I'm in good company with this! Thanks for stopping by Ryshia :)

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  2. Oh gosh... I swear those "moments" make it all worth it... now if only I could have more of them... ;-)

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  3. I'm in the editing cave as well, and like you, I find it's not my favorite place to be. It's like eating your vegetables though--it's not always fun, but it's definitely good for you!

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    1. Ha! Love the vegetables analogy! So true...

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  4. Okay, guilty as charged! I'm one of those crazies who loves the editing phase (but only up to the third draft. After that I'm known to throw novels out the window). I don't mind the writing part but it's the most frightening for me, creating those new worlds. I lose sleep over it at night; what if I (gulp) run out of creativity? Which (knock on wood) never happens, but you never know (knock on wood again). You'll get through it just fine and then guess what? You'll have another story brewing and you'll have it to do all over again:)

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    1. Ah-ha! I've been waiting for one of 'you edit-loving people' to stop by!

      I totally get it. And as much as I love creating, I have the same fears... Man, this writing gig is something else! Thanks for stopping by (again). ;)

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  5. I'm in the editing/revising crazies' camp. While I love the "high" of creating, while actually writing I'm terrified that I won't be able to figure out where the story should go, how it should end, what it all means. Once I've gotten to the end I can relax and get to work making it shine. I suppose I could solve some of my writing problems by ferociously outlining before I start, but I experience the most writing magic when plot twists and characters develop organically and/or surprisingly.

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    1. Sounds like we have similar creative/writing styles Rhi. I have the 'will I get to the end and will I pull it off' terrors mid-way through too! I don't organize or do major plotting either. The characters and story always guide me. I love the ride.

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