Editing Blues #writing #amwriting #amediting #writerslife #writerwoes

Editing!

Love it or loathe it, it’s a necessary part of the writing process. But it does present some challenges.

Life is sweet…

“Oh, look at that sentence.

So beautiful and so perfect!

Who says you can’t write a sentence right the first time, go me!”


Punctuation woes…

“Why did I put that comma there?”

…deletes comma

“Nope, it was right before.”

…replaces comma

“Nope, it’s a semicolon!”

…replaces with a semicolon

It works better as two sentences. Ha!”

…splits into two sentences

<sighs>

…removes all punctuation and joins using an ‘and’


The duplicate…

“Why do I have three sentences in a row starting with ‘He’!”


Thesaurus woes…

“I don’t like that word…it feels clunky…I need a better word.”

…opens thesaurus

…replaces word

“Nope.”

…opens thesaurus

…replaces word

“Nope!”

…opens thesaurus

…replaces word

“Nope!!!”

…puts original words back

<sighs>


When nothing works…

“OMG! This sentence is so bad! What the bloody hell was a trying to say!”

…changes order

“Crap!”

…changes to internal thoughts

“No!”

…gives to another character as speach

“Awful!”

…rewrites completely

“OMG!!! I hate this sentence!”

…chop

<contented sigh>

11 thoughts on “Editing Blues #writing #amwriting #amediting #writerslife #writerwoes

  1. I saw this on another site and came over to see the original. Very well put! I’ve definitely been there on all of these. It’s one of the reason I like working with editors so they can help with things like commas (and I can blame someone else if it isn’t right in the end). 🙂 Plus, then I can take a break from all the questions and let them give me a report to work on, so I can edit in layers instead of just facing my words with all my questions.

    If you’re in the middle of editing, you might be interested in our Writers Club. We network with publishing professionals to help authors find services that can help them, and free editing is one of our free, member perks. (Now, is that comma supposed to be there…) 😉
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