Daily Distraction: Ducking the Line Edits
Posted on April 20, 2014
Some writers are fast, determined, strong-minded. Me? Not so much. I’m line editing my manuscript and scrutinizing 90,000 words can be mighty disheartening. Being in the Bay Area doesn’t make it any easier.
I’m staying with friends and, man, talking books and life with them is so much more fun than weighing every sentence you wrote. The eldest of their kids easily lures me away from my mission with our common interest TV show Bones, the middle one loves talking science even more than I do, and the youngest is a master patisserie chef (you’ve got to taste those cupcakes). On top of that they have the cutest puppy and two kittens to die for.
Despite all that, I am frantically trying to pull this off. I don’t want to disappoint my mentor. I don’t dare to disappoint my mentor. So I’m glued to my laptop and stripping those 90,000 words like the wind stripped the Tiburon Hippie Tree.
You have no idea how much I’d prefer to arc out high above Richardson Bay on that old Eucalyptus tree’s swing.
Tagged: bay area, Creative Writing, Eucalyptus, Hippie Tree, line edit, Richardson Bay, swing, Tiburon, writing
I know how long it can take to edit out superfluous words… I also have difficulty deleting my own text so often copy the unwanted words into their own file, so they are not gone forever. Then, when the text is edited, I don’t even bother to look in the file of ‘maybe’ sentences and they get purged with no regrets. It’s a slightly gentler way of letting go.