D: A? A, are you ok?
D: I’m afraid I didn’t quite catch that.
A: Harumph garumph!
D: Are you attempting to learn a new language? I know it may or may not be a Pre- Indo-European language, but Pict doesn’t sound like that.
D: Uh. . . A?
A: Sorry – too much peanut butter.
D: (Starting already?)
A: (Cooking failed today. Cooking failed miserably.)
D: (I see.)
A: Do you have any idea how difficult it is to read 100 pages (Times New Roman 12pt, double spaced) of your own writing . . . without touching a single word?!?!?!
D: Um, I’m a Pict, remember? We didn’t write down our epic greatness.
A: I’m beginning to see why. I read a great post over at Creative Writing with the Crimson League, and it struck me that I had never read any first, second or even third draft of my work without attacking it with my pen or cursor, or whatever was handy to make edits.
A: Never ever.
D: I’m afraid to ask, but how did you do?
A: okay, ish.
D: Ish? It’s late, A. Could you please spare me from . . . you?
A: Cheers, D. It was tolerable. I didn’t hate what I read, and while there are about ten million pages of edits to attempt, it was worth it. It was excruciating, but it was worth it.
D: What doesn’t kill you, A–
A: Might end up killing you, D.
D: Right, no platitudes. Well then, shall we get to it?
A: Be my guest!
The Druid Tells the Tale
A: You only wish you could shoot flames out of your hands, D.
D: And what makes you think I cannot?
A: You only shoot fire out of your hands if rainbow sparkles also come out your–
D: Moving right along! A, don’t you have a tale to tell?
A: Well, isn’t that tempting. . . I mean, yes!! I do. Head over to Ionia’s Readful Things Blog to catch the last (boo) installment Harry Steinman’s series on Marketing and Publishing. This post covered cracking Amazon’s Top 100 Paid in Kindle store. The entire series has been excellent; I can’t say enough about how helpful it’s been to me as a newbie.
D: (no comment.)
A: (shut up, D.)
A Invites the Audience’s Participation
What is the hardest part about editing for you (aside from the editing itself)? Do you have to sit on your hands and banish pens from your sight in order to read what you’ve written without making any edits the first time around?