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note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

A Day In The Life Of An Editor

I've been privileged to edit 2 novels this summer. "Privileged", meaning, it's a lot to handle but I'm glad to do it anyway.

The only problem is, I've never edited a novel before in my life. In my life. And I have 16 days to edit 16 chapters & 85 pages, respectively, in order to get the aforementioned projects done by June 25th.

I'm not going to make excuses, but that's kind of why I've been a bit absent in the blogging world.

I'm editing both my novel, Reese's Pieces, and Georgie Penn's novel, The Way We Think, so that we can both get real proof copies of our novels by the end of June. It's pretty exciting, albeit kind of boggling in that I have no idea what I'm doing. I must be crazy. Yeah, that's it. I'm crazy.

Since yesterday, I've taken on an interesting lifestyle. It goes something like this:
  1. Wake up.
  2. Come downstairs and eat a bagel.
  3. Wait till naptime.
  4. Take a shower.
  5. Come downstairs.
  6. Help clean up the kitchen.
  7. Ask Mom if you can edit.
  8. Get on the computer.
  9. Procrastinate by getting on chat.
  10. Open a document.
  11. Start to edit.
  12. Chat some more.
  13. Get serious about editing.
  14. Finish a chapter of The Way We Think, aka Novel To Edit #1.
  15. Open the notebook of Reese's Pieces, aka Novel To Edit #2.
  16. Chat some more.
  17. Open the document for Novel To Edit #2.
  18. Type up some of Novel To Edit #2.
  19. Fret about how much my novel stinks.
  20. Get some dark chocolate.
  21. Feel better.
  22. Edit some more.
  23. Repeat.
Wish me luck!

Comments

  1. You are an angel ma'dear. I award you the awesome friend/all time writer award.

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  2. Wow, it sounds like a great day to me! Especially the starting with a bagel part. **swoons**

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  3. Good luck! It sounds like a big job, but I'm sure you'll do fine!

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  4. Good luck!!! Sounds like fun!
    Actually, I'm looking into editing as a career. I've edited a few stories (not finished novels though) and I'm really enjoying it. I'd like to be an editor someday. Especially if my day gets to look like yours. xD
    I've edited a story for my best friend/cousin, which was in SERIOUS need of editing, but I helped that,
    a fanfiction story for my friend, which is being posted on Fanfiction.net with my edits,
    and I edit stories for another friend of mine (once again thru fanfic.net) and they get published with my edits as well!! :)
    So I'm getting experience. Haha, great post!

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