Editing, the bane of every writers existence and yet a very vital part of the writing process. I understand this, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it, or that my brain won’t fight it, and fight it, it is.

That said, there is nothing like the re-reading of your work, your brain child, your cursedpilesofpaperthatnobodywilleverreadbecauseitsucks… ahem… please excuse my inner critic. Where was I? Oh yes, there is nothing like re-reading to re-introduce you to the world you created; to reinforce your confidence in your writing. And I have found that… as well as a number of holes that need attention.

I submitted a query letter to an agent about four weeks ago and have been wearing a hole in my e-mail with the constant checking. But now I’m kinda happy agents take their time getting back to you. I’m madly typing away and of course what kind of a writer would I be if my inner critic wasn’t being extremely loud and beating me about the head with my own doubts and insecurities. It’s a wonder I get anything written with all that racket.

And here I thought Hemmingway writing down in Key West was such a glamorous scene, no wonder he drank so much.

About Dale Long

Writing ambushed me from the shadows. At first I pushed it aside as nonsense, but luckily my wife and two girls saw the potential. Since then I have had an article published by Metroland, placed as runner-up and in the top ten in humour writing contests and various other contests. The icing on the cake was placing as runner-up in the WCDR's Wicked Words contest (130 entries) and having my entry published in the contests anthology of the same name. My entry was an exerpt from my upcoming novel, Echoes.
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One Response to Editing

  1. Bonnie Robinson says:

    That’s funny Dale!!!

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