Completed Edits and Bear Fights

I have successfully finished editing all 208 pages of my story.

For real real?

And holy hell, do I have a shit ton of work to do.

Yet, instead of being discouraged by the long road ahead of me, I am actually rearin’ and ready to go. Keyboard, hear my bear roar: I AM EXCITED TO TYPE AGAIN. In fact, I am practically salivating.

While editing is a necessary process, it was a little painful to not jump right back into a part of the story that needed fixing and start typing away. Instead, just like watching Fast Five (you know I’m talking about you Vin Diesel), I forced myself to plow through it until the very end and finish.

The process I used is simple – I kept a notepad on my right side and the manuscript to my left. As I went through and edited, I’d note the edits with numbers on the manuscript and then on the notepad, the number and explanation.

Often times the explanations looked something like this:

My grasp of the English language astounds me


So here I go again, back to the revisionary drawing board. Strumming the keyboard with words. And while I have come to the realization that I am the slowest writer in the world, I am also okay with that. Because I want it to be good.  And I want it to be done.

Although, my slow writing is starting to attract MMA bear fighters.

Their adorable claws and furry pelts are my muses

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    Dale Wilsey Jr.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Editing is the hardest thing a writer learns to do. Those words are our children and to pull out the ax and bury it in the skulls of some of them is not easy. But it is necessary and I applaud your determination. Hopefully I get a chance to read this story.

    Slow writer? Nothing wrong with that at all. I was instantly reminded of the Ents in Lord of the Rings. And they’re one of my favorite characters. Take their time and speak slowly. Choose their words carefully.

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    December 13, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I like your words here. Very well said. Thanks for the encouragement and when/if the story is ready, you bet you can read it.

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    Crystal Posey

    December 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    “…while I have come to the realization that I am the slowest writer in the world…”

    EXACTLY how I feel.

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    December 23, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Crystal – well, I am glad we all feel the same way. Comforting that we’re all in the same boat. At least we can boost each other on!

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