Thursday, 3 July 2008

Write on Wednesday ...

Becca asks about our Editor ::
How about you? Are you ever assailed with self doubt about your writing ability, or about the reasons for writing at all? Do you “follow yourself around nagging and suggesting and complaining”? What are some of the negative things your Editor tells you? What could your Editor say to be more encouraging? How do you encourage yourself to keep practicing the craft of writing?

OK silly me took this the wrong way. I assumed Becca was referring to people who had the services of a real, living, Editor ... I took it as bringing an exclusivity to WoW ... what a twat I was.

Of course Becca was referring to the editor inside, the one that tortures us, questions meaning, motive, point of view, grammar and intent ... amongst a zillion other off putting queries ... got it!

My editor wrangles with me over everything I pound out. My editor is fair, doesn't berate me, makes me see my errors. You see I'm blessed! Seriously ... someone watches over me, guiding me, reminding me and disuading me from going too far, being too emotional, not being objective and most of all being too wordy.

Anyone who's not been assailed with self doubt is having a lend of themself. Reasons for writing would surely be different, personal and unique. Nagging, suggesting and complaining don't apply around here, similarly negativity isn't permitted.

My editor is encouraging, it's me that's the hard task master, I'm forever being told "stop being so hard on yourself" ... I'm renowned for being my own worst enemy. Committment is my encourager. If I say I'm going to do it then I follow through ... unless I get hit by a car!

Writing for me is cathartic, writing get's the crap out of my head and makes room for more thoughts, ideas and projects to incubate. Writing isn't a chore it's a love. My downfall is I have the motivation but lack the intention, that's why groups like this and / or set projects and / or deadlines are perfect.

Give me a deadline, a dare, a task and I'll follow through ... of course I'll be burning the midnight oil, slogging away at the eleventh hour. Thankfully my editor hasn't realised that if I'm left to my own devices I'll meander along the twelve lane highway in my head then all and more get started but nothing gets finished. Let's keep this our secret ... lets allow the frustrated procrastinator to reign for a while longer ... OK?

7 Comments:

paisley said...

firs toff i have to say the new blog is a stunner!!!! i am freaking jealous and sooo thrilled for you... you soooo deserve it!!!!!

and then on this piece.. my inner editor is kind too.. sometimes i believe too kind,, in that she lets me write,, and often post things people can never really understand,, as they are ever so meaningful only to me...

i love this new expression of you here on this prompt and cannot wait to see where else she takes us... maybe i will work on my reply too,, but i am stuck in my own head at the moment.... imagine that....

Jeanie said...

I love your relationship with your editor. It's something I strive for. And I especially loved this part:

"Give me a deadline, a dare, a task and I'll follow through ... of course I'll be burning the midnight oil, slogging away at the eleventh hour. Thankfully my editor hasn't realised that if I'm left to my own devices I'll meander along the twelve lane highway in my head then all and more get started but nothing gets finished. Let's keep this our secret ... lets allow the frustrated procrastinator to reign for a while longer ... OK? "

Are you sure you weren't in MY head when you wrote that, because boy, does that resonate!

Tammy said...

Nice new look girl! I'm with you and Jeanie about "give me a deadline..."

Your humor shines through, love that!

Becca said...

I think you hit the jackpot in the editor department. I love this phrase: "Someone watches over me, guiding me, reminding me and disuading me from going too far, being too emotional, not being objective and most of all being too wordy."

I could sure use an inner editor that's this smart!

Great post! Thanks for sharing :)

Oh, the finished blog is gorgeous! Makes it fun to write here, I bet.

paris parfait said...

Ah, the procrastinator! A familiar visitor to my abode, although lately he is more and more unwelcome and is being shown the door. Sounds like you have a pretty good relationship with your editor. Lovely post.

anno said...

It seems that you have a forthright and productive relationship with your Editor -- an excellent collaboration. These things take time to develop, but they're worth it in the long run, right?

BTW, I'm a newcomer to your blog, so I'm not familiar with your old look, but this one is just gorgeous. Nicely done!

Whitesnake said...

i enjoyed this.......and I WILL BANG THE DOOR!

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