The last person to post here wins

Started by Spell Chick, December 19, 2017, 11:24:55 AM

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Spell Chick

Writing is new and fresh and just goes.

Editing is work and difficult and nasty.
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Gyppo

I sometimes wonder about this hatred of editing one's own work.

Editing, to some extent, is like a self inflicted wound.  Much of it could be avoided if your were a little more engaged with the process of writing.

Editing is part of the process of writing.  You will always need some, but...  If you have a tendency towards sloppy or lazy writing then you will need more editing, which you could have avoided with a little more thought during the 'creative' stage.

As an example...  If you're a clumsy typist, (fat fingered?), as opposed to someone who can't spell, you probably accept having to correct a fair number of genuine typing errors as a price you're willing to pay for 'rattling on' at a fair old speed.  You probably don't really see those corrections as editing, and think of them more as 'tidying'.

Tidying may be a more realistic way of approaching the hated editing process.

If you've ever written for a living, even as a part-timer, you'll have come to realise that time is money.  When you have a deadline to meet endless re-writings are not an option, and you find it easier to avoid unnecessary work by putting your brain in the right gear, rather than relying on 'automatic transmission' from imagination to printed words on paper.

This is far from being a 'doctrine of impossible perfection' and more akin to a skilled worker who measures twice and cuts once, thus avoiding waste in both materials and time.

Of course, you may be one of those tortured souls who 'can only write when I'm inspired'.

In which case this brings us back to the beginning, where you have to accept the messiness of your original outpourings and accept that editing is just a part of the process.

In this case the two 'accepts' in one sentence are there for a good reason, as opposed to laziness.

Gyppo

Spell Chick

I was thinking of starting up Little Bits of History again.

I have January completed. Most of my editing was just spelling or typing mistakes or more often, leaving out a the or an an.

But I have one spot in there where I have no idea what the hell I was trying to write. Or say. Or explain. It is just a bunch of random words that were actually quite startling when I got to them. I haven't fixed it yet, so I still don't know what the hell it was supposed to be.

I also tend to put the wrong second number in a date. So something taking place in the 1800s might suddenly have a 1900s date in there. Easy to fix. I have always struggled with typing numbers.
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Gyppo

I think we all have our personal collection of 'standard errors ;-)

Spell Chick

The twelve hour drive from our house to northern Ohio takes us old farts two days. We got here safely. Our grandson cooked us dinner: gazpacho, salad, sauteed zucchini, and pork chops with his own spice blend. He has been experimenting with spices/herbs and creating all sorts of different mixes.

Yesterday we were social all damn day which is way outside my comfort zone. We started at 8.30 in morning and got home about 9,20 in the evening to find that the power was out. It came back on sometime in the night and now all is back to normal.

So that's a win all around. 
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sitalakshmi

Keep Smiling...

Checkmate(my novel) is now available on Amazon Kindle :https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CSTXC3F

Gyppo


Spell Chick

Hotels, at least here in America, no longer actually service their rooms. We get to make our own beds and you have to ask for such things as clean towels an empty wastebaskets. The supply coffee for the in room coffeepot, but not daily. They have not decreased room rates. They blame COVID but I'm sure it is a cost cutting measure and as long as we don't all complain, it won't be fixed. It is not what I expect when I pay for a hotel room.
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sitalakshmi

I'll just sneak in and grab a win. ;D
Keep Smiling...

Checkmate(my novel) is now available on Amazon Kindle :https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CSTXC3F

Laura

If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
Tallulah Bankhead

Spell Chick

I survived the evening at the winery. I survived the actual class reunion. I survived the picnic the next day. In fact, most of the time I even had fun. Dick went to high school with two people who became dentists, married, and upon retirement, (possibly even before but I don't know) bought a 77 acre farm. They hosted the class for a picnic yesterday. They still have their fancy "city" house as well. But she build a she shed for her crafts (glass blowing and pottery) that isn't finished just roughed in and the outside walls and roof are up. It is more square footage than our house. It turned out to be a lovely afternoon, but I got chilly because I've been melting and didn't bring enough warmer clothes to the north.
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Laura

That's a lot of socializing you survived! I'm a little jealous of that she-shed. Sounds fantastic!

I'd like that, or a little tea house in the garden.
If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
Tallulah Bankhead

Spell Chick

She has a roofed area between the vegetable garden and the pond. And a covered patio by the main door of the she shed. It is amazing.
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Mastafrank

Speaking  of  wine.... I collected 4 bags of wild grapes... I know have roughly  2 liters  of juice fermenting...

I did boil it for 10 minutes  to kick start the fermentation...

A day later and it still smells like regular grape juice,so it hasn't gone bad...

I had to redo a small batch as it was all brown :P

Also mum convinced me I should  leave it in a covered pot instead of cola bottles.You don't want explosions,she said 😅

Spell Chick

I made wine a long time ago. My former brother in law made all kinds of wine. I really liked the elderberry. Not so much with the dandelion.
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