It’s true. I suffer from the debilitating fear of…..editing.
Okay…I MAY have made that up but it doesn’t mean it’s not true. (WHAT?) There seems to be something deep inside – an irrational fear – that holds me back from editing my writing. I have piles of short stories and novels just begging to be edited and yet my fear holds me back.
So what I am afraid of? Good question! There doesn’t seem to be any plausible reason for me to continue to avoid editing my work as though it were the plague. Which, coincidentally is hilarious since an entire part of my novel is centered around the plague. Irony…ah I love you.
So if there’s no rational reason behind this aversion, that what is holding me back? The positives of finishing my editing are immense. If I finish editing I can:
- Get betas readers and some much needed feedback
- Start submitting it to agents/publishing houses
- Obtain the much sought after feeling of ACCOMPLISHMENT that I truly finished a novel start to finish.
- Partake in the celebratory kitchen dancing whilst tossing Skittles in the air in elation. You wanna see that right?
All fabulous reasons for me to push forward and edit the damn novel. And yet….when I open that Word/Scrivener document I find myself staring blankly at the screen, shifting in my seat and hoping that SOMETHING will come along and distract me. Which can be as simple as a dust particle floating in the sunlight. Yeah..it’s bad.
So dear, faithful readers I am pleading for your help. How do you stay on track with your editing? I need advice since it would appear I can’t go at this alone.