Momentary Mental Madness with a Meltdown or Two

I’m editing. I’m learning to like it. I’m also learning to lie about liking editing.

Editing is a challenge; I like the result, but the process is a royal pain.

My Beloved says I do the same things when I edit my manuscripts: I simply abandon my sanity at the keyboard and begin shouting at shadows. Eventually I will find a passage that gives me grief and I’ll start complaining about it. Then I’ll threaten to abandon the whole damn thing in a fit of pique. This latest fit has lasted about two weeks. I try to write or edit or blog, but nothing comes of it.

The problem sits there and stares at me like a recalcitrant teenager, sulking in the nearest corner, daring me to come close enough to be scorned and shamed into a pile of ashes.

And then? I start talking about it. Non stop yammering, verbally sorting through all the crap until something falls out and makes room for an idea that is a much better fit, and that is when I start to like editing.

The story begins to settle into place.

Ideas and thoughts begin to flow and mesh.

I like the characters again.

I like the story again.

I like writing again.

…and I ALMOST like editing.


About Ms. Karen

This is what happens when you live with a writer: there are pens everywhere, except by the phone; many notebooks with strange scribblings that make no sense but must never be thrown away; and long rambling monologues about what certain characters would, or would not do in a given situation. It's almost as difficult as living with an artist. Man, THOSE people are bizarre...
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One Response to Momentary Mental Madness with a Meltdown or Two

  1. Selma says:

    Editing my own stuff is like the worst thing in the world for me. I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT and know for a fact it is why I never finish any of my novels. When I die I will make it into the Guinness Book Of Records as the writer with most unedited novels in her desk drawer. Ever. I am so glad you are persisting with it. You go, Ms K!!!


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