Alphabet Dating is set in NYC!
I wish procrastination was an art that reqped rewards. I'd be a multi-award winner, I tell you.
I know lots of people procrastinate and where writing is concerned the thing I put off and dance about and make myself sick worrying about and avoiding is editing.
Today I've done a massive edit of Alphabet Dating. Why it has taken me until today to do it I do not know. I think I work better with tight deadlines. Also I avoid things I'm not naturally good at.
I love the blank page and the possibility of heading off on an adventure with new characters as they weave their way through adventures and chaos. Re-writing those adventures, conceding that you've overused certain words or under-written ceratin sections, well, that's a whole lot less fun for me.
I have a close friend who works in the corporate would and she says "we're not finishers, Mon." We'll both work on a project for a year and then put of writing the final report, which might take a matter of hours. I'm the same when it comes to invoicing for my day job. You'd think, givenI won't get paid if I don't invoice I wouldn't put that off right? Wrong!
I think I dislike editing because it holds a mirror to the flaws in a novel - I do realise the whole reason you edit is to fix them - but I think it makes it very real. This book has been two beta-readers. It's been given a good edit. I'm re-editing it. Then once I finish I'll then send it to someone else to re-edit. And then maybe someone else as well. After that however there's nothing left to do but send my baby out into the world...I think that's why it's scary and why we put it off...not just me, loads of writers do it.
I think that's why editing and procrastination are natural friends especially if like me, procrastination is pretty natural anyway...why do you procrastinate?
I am a writer of light-hearted contemporary women's fiction.
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