The Madness of Editing

Sometimes being a writer can be such a headache! And I mean that in the best possible way. To be a great writer without the help and advice of top editors, agents and publishers puts a lot of pressure on the shoulders of a DIY writer. You have to consider everything, going over and over your work until you begin to question the whole shebang and just can’t look at it anymore. I’ve found that each time I begin a new edit, I find things I want to change, tiny errors that I overlooked last time and even consider throwing the towel in completely (that only happened the one time though!). I just received my last proof (or so I hope!), but have noticed minuscule, but crucial changes that need making. Font size, aligning a paragraph that was added in later than the rest, perfecting the cover. It all has to be right, but when every detail is buzzing around inside your head like a gang of pesky wasps, it can begin to feel a little maddening. When it gets to a point where it’s one thing after another, you begin to wonder if the end will ever be in sight. At this stage, it’s very easy to forget the loveliness and enjoyment of writing and reading when you become so weighed down by this need for perfectionism, but it’s important not to give up. It can be tough to fit it in with everything else you have to keep up with in your daily life, but eventually you will get there, and so will I! Stick at it, even when you feel weary and lacklustre as a writer. Make the time and get on with what needs doing until you get excited again and realise what you’re doing this… read more →