Like any good writer should, I do a great deal of editing.
Like any good writer, I also hate the editing process. It’s often boring. I’d rather be creating works instead of reading and re-reading and re-reading and re-reading my stuff.
But edits are needed.
I spend a great deal of time creating new content. After all, I blog here at least twice a week. I also write on my Instagram page almost every single day, posting a picture to go with my little posts. I spend some time writing in my journals as well, though that isn’t every single day.
And when I have a story brewing in my head, that takes up some time.
But most of my time these days is spent in the editing process. After all, I have my Portals Series that I am working on. While thirteen works have been published, there is more to come….. since I have finished writing two more novellas and two more novels. But with those comes edits, edits and more edits. I read aloud as I edit, making sure that my story flows well. I spend more time than I should trying to get everything perfect, even though a few mistakes do slip through.
On top of that, I also am editing the #NaNoWriMo2021 novel that I wrote, seeing if it is a viable candidate for publishing when I finish my Portals Series. It’s a general fiction piece instead of my fantasy genre, but it’s also something near and dear to my heart. So I am working on editing it, polishing it a bit before I offer it up to beta readers to read for me.
Why do I spend so much time editing? Because it is ingrained in me. I may hate doing all of these edits, but every one of them is needed. I want to make something worth reading. I want to have something to be proud of. I want to make sure every part of every one of my stories is great, even if they are not perfect.
Because, let’s face it, no one is perfect.
Also, I hate having people point out my editing mistakes (though I also welcome people pointing out my mistakes, so I can in fact fix them on revisions).
Just like my own story of life, I keep working on my writing. Which means tons of edits have to be done, many drafts have to be reworked. My stories, like my life, are constantly changing…. at least until I publish them and set them in semi-stone.
But life….. life is constantly undergoing changes. Though some may think otherwise, I am not the same person I was ten years ago. Nor do I hope that in ten years to come I will be the person I am today. I am constantly learning. I am constantly striving to be better today than I was yesterday and be better tomorrow than I was today. For that is finding the magic of the story of life.
Keep on editing and polishing yourselves as you write your stories.
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