Editing v writing

I’m editing – again. And it’s taking a long time. And I almost feel as though it isn’t writing. But of course it is. And it’s probably the most important aspect. So, then, why do I find it so hard to concentrate? I think that getting an idea down on paper (or screen) is the easy part. It’s making that idea hang together properly that’s hard.

I’ve been using my kindle for editing, which surprises me, because I didn’t think I was that techy! But it’s really simple to do, I just have to email my novel to my kindle email address. And it’s been a great way for me to read it and highlight bits that don’t work and put notes for sections that need changing. And it feels like I’m reading something ‘real’, which is kinda cool.

However, even with cute gadgets, I would choose writing over editing any day. Except that I know, when I’ve completed this draft, I will feel fantastic. So maybe editing isn’t that bad after all…

PS: it can be noted that I’m updating my blog for the first time in a year which just shows the lengths I will go to in order to avoid the dreaded edit 🙂

Published by Muli

I am the Coordinator of the MFA Creative Writing in UWI, St Augustine. My research interests are women's voices, memory and migration. I'm also interested in how we, as a university, engage with the wider community to help changes at grassroots level.

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