Tuesday, September 18, 2012
PUT THE MANUSCRIPT DOWN AND STOP EDITING ALREADY.
I'm in the middle of writerly self-doubt, brought on by "too much editing". You probably know how it is: you get so in the editing "zone" that you keep finding fault after fault after "OMG THIS MUST CHANGE ARGH". Worst of all, you've read your words so many times that they've completely lost meaning and are no longer decent, but the swill of the universe. You know. That epic self doubt that says "you suck light it all on fire."
Thus, I've promised myself that this is THE LAST edit/read through I'm doing of "DAISUKI." After that, no more. Beyond checking stuff for formatting, this will be my last fiddle before it goes live. I've convinced myself I'm doing the right thing. There is such a thing as "over editing". Since the first edit I did (which is mostly just removing typos / glaring errors) I've taken off 5k, mostly stupid info dumps and cutting out clunky prepositional phrases if not whole lines.It's the same exact story, just...cleaner? But of course it'll never be clean enough for me. It's that moment when you realize what other authors really mean when they say they're never happy with the product.
But no. I swear. This is the last read through. THE LAST. LAST I SAY.
Stop me before I commit every word to memory.