Sunday, June 12, 2011

Updated Grades (aka 'Editing down a storm'?)

Le sigh. Sometimes I feel like because I'm in my late twenties, I should be a better writer/editor/whatever than I am. Then, I have to remind myself that I have never writing a story before in my entire life (unless you count the glorious ten-page saga, The Magic Ring, which I don't).

In a late night fit of something that is not editing, which is what I should be doing, I am forcing myself to revisit my report card. As you may recall, I got an A in Editing in a previous post, Editing up a storm.

I can only assume I had some sort of inappropriate relationship with the person assigning those grades, because I am not sure it was very well deserved. I've got a mean grader evaluating this time (a less caffeinated me), and here are my new grades:

School of Life
Student: Elizabeth

Thinking about editing while doing something else: A+
Turning on the computer and opening Power Trio: A
Actually editing: C-
Working an a WIP or blog post, so that at least my fingers don't forget how to use a keyboard: B
Editing up a storm: C-
Editing down a storm: What does that even mean?
Going to bed instead of editing: A+

So, maybe I like to tease myself a little bit. But I'll do anything that helps prod me into getting some actual work done. It's happening this week- no more excuses. I made a schedule and I'm going to stick to it. I will finish editing by July 31. Wish me luck.

Night everyone!


  1. Re: Thinking about editing while doing something else: A+ lol

    I also get an A+ for this one. I also get an A+ for Thinking About Writing While Doing Something Else...

    I don't like Editing but some people find it easier and more enjoyable than the actual writing process. I look at it as a job that needs to be done, so I do it - when I'm not thinking about something else...

    Good luck with yours

  2. Good luck with your schedule! I know that's one of the best ways to stick to something, especially editing where you can't always track your word count.

  3. I didn't give myself a deadline for getting edits done and I'm really feeling the time away hurting me when it comes to buckling down to get them done now. I got an E for excellent excuses but actual editing? Not so much. F- territory.

  4. You forgot your extracurricular: eating a bunch of crap.

    Good luck on your edits. Maybe you should do a weekly check in so we know how it's going.

  5. Editing down a storm, ha :) Good luck! I'm in the midst of revision madness now too--sometimes a schedule is what you need to force your way to the finish line.

  6. I just picked a story back up after giving it a rest, thinking that it would only need some light editing to be ready. In my memory, it was wonderful. Reading it a few days ago, I want to throw the whole pile of garbage out and start all over. So I sympathize with anyone having the editing blues.

  7. It's nice to know we're all in it together! I have been terrible about sticking to my schedule (editing and blogging).

    I'm letting myself get too distracted by my new idea. And a semi-feral foster cat who has weaseled his way into my life (I smell a potential blog post... and a smelly cat!)