Although I plan rigorously and write relentlessly hard, there is a problem I come up with often. I try to shrug it off, annoying thing that it is, but it’s still the truth:
I have never been one to edit.
Yes, most of what I’ve ever shared with anyone has been the rough and rowdy draft 1.It’s a bit embarrassing because I know that it’s probably the worst anyone has ever read. But then again, some part of me must not care. I shall have to dig deep into that pit. I think a big reason as to why is because I prepare so harshly that it seems like there’s nothing left to fix except for grammar and spelling mistakes.
Surely I could not have left a plot hole or been confusing.
It’s beyond me! Such is the way of my smart-Alick brain. Although I have had the hardest trouble forcing myself to edit, I have edited a few drafts this year. What a start. Oh, yes, I love to flatter myself. Anyway, I’ve come to a realization through this. While, although everyone hates editing, I believe that perhaps us planners hate the revision process so much because it seems like we’ve already done it all.
Why should we have to edit when we’ve already created a sound story?
Alas, it is an awful thing, yet the results are stupendous. If I were to sit my caboose down and force myself to edit and edit and edit, I’m fairly certain that I would end up with something I was proud of. Kinda raises the standards, eh?
I guess it’s something I’ll have to work at and reach for.
What about you? Have you committed this heinous act?
Thanks for reading! 🙂