The Stress of Editing

As a writer, we all have talents. Whether we are fabulous story tellers, terrific scene describers or dialogue specialists that ingrain certain conversations into the readers mind for years. With those positive skills leaves the faults. Writers work on sentence structure, showing and not telling, expressing emotions clearly and understandably connecting the words directly to the readers heartstrings. 

Editing is a need and a process. I have learned to take it in small doses. I can’t sit and stare and work on it for hours…without beginning to hate every single word plotted out. And I mean hate….build a bonfire, print out a copy of said works and do a dance while it burns to ash. And only a copy because as soon as the fire dies down, I’m full of Smores and my mind is elsewhere, can I comeback to reality. And start fresh to edit said works.

Instead of going to all that work (even though Smores sound delicious), I’ve learned to take a step back. Pick up a novel and travel to another world for a bit. Maybe travel to Windemere and see what my friend Luke is upto(thanks to Charles E Yallowitz). Or hang out with a new dear friend Jamie Ryder and go for a run(thanks to rbdavis5).

Don’t let the stress of editing take away your love of writing because it is worth it in the end. A quote I read once was, “A real writer never quits.” Not only do I have no plans to quit writing but all the street lights are starting to change from red to green. I’m going to keep it moving. 🙂

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16 thoughts on “The Stress of Editing

  1. slepsnor says:

    Rakasha was a great story. Three cheers for defeating your writer’s block.

    • mlnewman87 says:

      Thanks! 🙂 How are you feeling now? Did you get to eat your ice cream?

      • slepsnor says:

        I got some ice cream and the pain/grossness stopped within 24 hours. The only remaining problem is a weird phantom feeling in that area as if something is stuck. I hope it goes away soon.

      • mlnewman87 says:

        It will, i had the same issue. I’m glad you’re feeling better and got to enjoy yummy ice cream. Are you back on the writing/editing bandwagon?

      • slepsnor says:

        Yup. I have 2 chapters left to edit on my 4th book and then I just have to type the changes in. After that my wife reads it for typos and continuity while I take a week break to do future series outlining (left Darwin in mid-character bio) and on to book 5. Somewhere in there, my cover art should be arriving for book 2.

      • mlnewman87 says:

        Yay! Congrats, are you excited for book two to come out soonish?

      • slepsnor says:

        I’m excited, but I haven’t heard from my cover artist since early March. So, my curiosity and impatience are starting to get the better of me. I’m sure he’s busy with work and getting as much done on the cover art as he can. If it comes out at the end of April then I’ll be happy. Gives a good break between books and one that I can try to keep up when I get further along. I’d hate to set a standard of releasing a new book every 2 months, which I can’t do when it comes to the books that haven’t been written yet.

      • mlnewman87 says:

        How often would you like to put them out? I can understand impatience.

      • slepsnor says:

        Ideally, one book every 4-5 months. I can start off at a good click since 3 are done and the 4th is nearly done. I could feasibly write half of the series by the end of the year since I have so much planned out.

      • mlnewman87 says:

        Wow that is awesome. More Luke! 🙂

      • slepsnor says:

        I hope the other heroes get as much love as he’s getting. I’m really hoping Nyx and Sari get a good reaction. They’re really hard to write at times because of their depth and personal traumas.

      • mlnewman87 says:

        The description of any character with depth and trauma will surely bring in connections. Trouble making/drama is always fun too. 🙂

      • slepsnor says:

        Sari is definitely a trouble-maker.

    • rbdavis5 says:

      Thanks! (if you want other samples/stories just say the word)

  2. I can empathise with your sentiments completely. Editing can go either way. You either understand what needs changing and you see it getting better before your eyes, or you don’t. Then it’s tough.

    • mlnewman87 says:

      One of the tough editing issues I deal with is when I can see what needs changing but it’s so much work that needs to be done that I get overwhelmed. Taking breaks every few chapters help too. 🙂

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