I had a personal epiphany this week.
Anyone who knows me or has read this blog before will probably have picked up on the fact that I am a planner. I love planning, I love knowing what the next 897,345 steps are in the process and when those steps should be made. It gives me a feeling of security and a zen-like sense of peace when I have a plan to follow. For me a good plan is better than the coldest beer on the hottest day or the biggest bar of chocolate, or …. I’m sure you get the idea.
But what happens when your plan’s go astray, or when life drops an insurmountable roadblock right in the middle of your plan.
As I said at the end of last month, to stop myself losing momentum on my ‘goals’ for the year I am writing a little review of my progress at the end of each month. This report is supposed to show that I’m on track and (hopefully) stop me from getting fed up and grumpy that things never seem to happen as fast as I would like.
But while this might be beneficial to me, it’s annoying as hell to read.
So, I’ve had a rethink and have decided to post a thoughtful little something-or-other based on something that has happened during the month.
This month’s topic …. Nonfiction and editing.
What are the quarter life crisis and three tips on how to cope?
In this blog, I want to talk about something that has affected me personally. This last week I’ve been working on my latest idea. It is still titleless I’m afraid, but revolves around Arthur, who I mentioned in my blog The Benefits of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone.
Arthur has a particular kind of dementia, and to portray that well, I’ve been doing a lot of research into mental health issues. As well as dementia, I’ve been looking into depression, bipolar and low mood. During this little excursion, I have found something that, up until now, I was unaware of.
In this blog, I want to talk about editing, why it is so hard at times and why it is so necessary. I will also be sharing with my favourite lessons I have learned through trial and error when it comes to editing.
Editing isn’t easy
First of all, it’s hard it is to edit your own work.
Especially if it’s something you’ve spent a lot of time working on recently. The internet offers a lot of real help, there are lots of people willing to depart their wisdom. However, while some practices work for some people, they won’t work for others and not all of the advice and help I have been given over the years has worked for me. I have also found that because there was so much advice and help (what a lovely problem to have) I can’t keep it all in my head while editing. I have also found that because there is so much advice and help (what a lovely problem to have) I can’t keep it all in my head while editing.
So, I have whittled the advice that works for me down to a few gems to pay them forward in the hope that it would be useful to others in my situation.