How was your weekend? Awesome, I hope.
Let’s get to it.
I’m editing a manuscript for a client this month. A bit of a swim in fire, I gotta say. It’s midway between proofreading and writing the whole thing myself.
Taking a look at words is different when your name’s not the one after “by.” And even more so when there’s a lot more words than I’m used to seeing.
But I got out my thick style manual and dictionary, and went to work anyway.
Today I sent in the edits for the first one-third of the book.
Reminds me of how I feel when I complete the first draft of a story. Which is a little weird, because I didn’t write the words I’m working on.
It’s a feeling of accomplishment that’s a little hard to describe—it’s similar to cleaning a room or doing dishes or laundry—only with words instead of fabric or flatware.
What’s neat, too, is that I’ll have the same feeling for the other two-thirds of the book, and one more time at the end, when everything’s done.
And, I’ll have this whole experience to refer to again later, which will pay enormous dividends down the road. I keep running into interesting people who I learn a lot from (there’s a subject for another post), which is part of this, too.
How about you? When was the last time you had an “All right!” feeling when you finished part of writing or editing something? Doesn’t matter if it was your own work, or someone else’s. Did you celebrate? Call someone? Or, did you use that energy to launch into something new? Drop a line in the comments and let me know.
And make sure to swing by for my next post—I reacted to something I shouldn’t have, and learned something about rolling with the punches—from a life coach.
Until next time,