Shake It off/Talk it out

So I had this whole post ready about my frustrations on editing (those frustrations are really still the same). I feel as if I’m standing still yet moving forward. Baby steps are in mm and it is taking me way longer than I hoped to get this book ready for the real world.

This isn’t that post. As I said, all of those feelings still apply, but as I wrote out that other post and whined on Twitter, something miraculous happened: I had an epiphany. I am still a little scared of said epiphany because this means that yet another character’s POV will be thrown into the equation, but I’m excited to see how things go from the villain’s POV.

So that brings me to my actual point: don’t forget the things that help you get to your destination. For me, this is talking things out. What looks like complaints and whining to some is me trying to wrap my head around what is wrong. Often times, the more I say something, the less it bugs me. It also helps to unburden my brain with one less worry that doesn’t need to be there.

The moral of the story: Do what you need to in order to get things to work out. If you need to take a break from a story, do it. Go read, watch tv, or harass other people until you feel like you can come back with fresh eyes. Editing a pain in your behind? Ask others for help, look at how other authors do it, or again, take a break. If whining helps you figure out your next move, do it. To hell with what other people think.

I still don’t love editing. Many of the problems I’ve been stressed about will still be there after I write these new chapters, but I hope I’ll have a slightly different perspective when I’m done with them. Either way, I’m back on my feet for the time being and headed in a forward direction. Until I’m not, I’ll just keep on trucking. So I guess that means the other moral of the story is: Don’t Quit.

Now, go write something or you know, whine about something.

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3 thoughts on “Shake It off/Talk it out

  1. Faith McKay says:

    I keep a paper journal specifically for whining and giving myself pep talks. It is incredibly helpful.

    I hate editing. It involves a LOT of whining for me.

    Just two days ago, after about a month of saying, “Something is wrong and I don’t know what it is” (and everyone telling me it was fine) I FINALLY figured out what was wrong. It came to me mid-whine.

    Anyhow, what I’m saying is, I definitely agree! If I don’t complain I don’t get through enough of my thoughts to figure out what is really going on. Good luck editing and writing in your new scenes!

  2. Faith McKay says:

    I keep a paper journal specifically for whining and giving myself pep talks. It is incredibly helpful.

    I hate editing. It involves a LOT of whining for me.

    Just two days ago, after about a month of saying, “Something is wrong and I don’t know what it is” (and everyone telling me it was fine) I FINALLY figured out what was wrong. It came to me mid-whine.

    Anyhow, what I’m saying is, I definitely agree! If I don’t complain I don’t get through enough of my thoughts to figure out what is really going on. Good luck editing and writing in your new scenes!

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