I love writing, but find after a couple hours of intense typing, I need to walk away and let my mind rest. Lately, I’ve been doing a whole lot more editing then writing. I have a love/hate relationship with editing; specifically, I hate it. I know it’s part of the process, but for me it takes the fun out of writing. I’ve heard if you’re a good writer, you’re a horrible editor and vice versa.
While at a writer’s conference, I heard a writer say sometimes she would get annoyed because life was so busy because she rarely had time to write. Then she paused and added, “But, if it wasn't for my hectic life I’d have little inspiration about what to write.”
The counselor, who just finished reading the manuscript for My Dear Lucy has seen my frustration with the editing. Last night he threw out the idea that he could do some of the editing for me. I was speechless, for about one second before I said, "Really? O.K." And I gave him a big kiss.
When I step away from writing, I do a number of things to relax. I am a cookie mom; specifically chocolate chip oatmeal. I am not a housekeeper mom, so you won’t find me tiding up until it is absolutely essential. Essential is a broad term, isn’t it? I also love to go on walks with the kids and of course shop at thrift stores.
Painting dressers; another way to get away from editing.
I love how it turned out. The counselor is taking it down to Qcumberz. Let’s hope it finds a happy home this weekend.
The Memory Catcher went to press again. Thanks to those of your who've emailed me with your impressions and thoughts on the book. It was an absolute pleasure to write and the editing? Well, my mom did most of that.