Pre-Planning: Editing, Work Ethic, and Keeping it Together

“Summer is slowly approaching, and I’m gearing up to begin yet another productive interval. I’ve been revelling in the little free time I’ve had over the last month or so, settling in with my writing (and my editing) so that I can determine just how I’d want to spend the time I’d be traveling. I already know that the schedules will only get busier, and the time to sit down and work on my creative process will grow slim, but that’s when the pre-planning will become a necessity. That’s when I’ll have to give the extra ten minutes in bed, to sit down with my planner, and decide just how I’m going to approach every day. I’ve been one to over-prioritize, and lose control of the day because I spend too much time worrying about what I’ve not done, instead of giving myself a realistic schedule. That, in addition to all that will be happening over summer, just cannot happen. Here’s to realistic goals, realistic to-dos, and realistic outcomes.” 

I’m finally making way on the first editing run-through of my novel. I know that by the time summer is over, I’d like to be well into my second run-through, so that I can begin the appropriate formatting and I can finally sit back and appreciate all the time and work that has gone into the project. I’m still trying to get the hang of allowing myself to stray away from the overanalyzing, so that I wouldn’t be stuck on one passage forever, and I can say that it has gotten better. Getting through a chapter or two at a time, noticing key plot points, and making notes of the suitable changes have never been quite so satisfying. It’s taken some time to get to this point, but I can certainly say that it is worth it. 

I’ve also been working on a small writing project to get my mind off of things, something I’ll hopefully share to http://www.wattpad.com as I truly exercise where my creative capabilities have taken me. It gives me the sense of accomplishment that makes editing just a bit easier. For that, I’m definitely grateful. I like to explore a variety of different themes and genres, but as I evaluate the last few projects I’ve worked on, I’m slowly starting to realize where I believe my writing fits in the best. That is in the mystery/thriller genre. I usually don’t like to categorize my work until it’s entirely completed, because I’m never quite sure which direction it’s going to take. Though, as it seems, I’ve been lending a pen to the page for something that will hopefully keep the readers on their toes someday.

My last editing session was quite successful, so much so that I’m starting to pick up on a few of my writing quirks, a few of the things that I tend to do whilst writing, or how I tend to word certain things. I’ve noticed that there are times that I begin to take the imagery a bit too far, and that’s okay. It’s easier to edit it out, than it is to create something new to fit perfectly in-between. However, I’ve been doing a bit of both. Changing a few of the major plot points has always been something I tend to stay away from, but there are times when it’s entirely necessary. More often than not, when I continue writing a project that I have been away from for a while, I tend to add things in there that don’t quite fit. Before this editing expedition (and my dreading said editing expedition), I was so incredibly sure that everything was fine and I didn’t need to go over it at all. Turns out, that isn’t the case. (Surprised? Nope, neither am I).

“Editing is a fulfilling process, once we take a step back, and squash that impending fear that begins to well up inside of us. Learning to weed out the busier days, and give your all on the days you have the time, takes effort. Though, once you’ve found yourself in a routine, you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t start sooner. We’re all entirely capable, and we can get it all done. Utilize your time, stay consistent, and remember to take a break every once in a while. Those are the things that keep me going, those are the things that allow me to grow every time I sit down to begin again.”

Keep Writing! (and Editing!)

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2 Comments

  1. I Find editing to be much harder than writing. My writing comes easy, and I’m 100% convinced it’s perfect. Then I switch gears and go into edit mode, looking for flaws and groaning when I find them.
    Good luck on finishing your work.

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