Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fun With Editing (An IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month (not to mention the first day of February...How is it freaking February already?!?) which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

(I am assuming that by now most everyone who happens upon this blog on this particular day is already well familiar with the IWSG, but if you're on the hunt for more information, or a complete list of participants, please click the above link.)

This month's co-hosts are: Misha Gericke, L.K. Hill, Juneta Key, Christy, and Joylene Butler. (Not to mention the group's founder—the ninja captain himself—Alex J. Cavanaugh.)

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So, I know I haven't talked about this at all, but I've been going through an extended period of revisions. At this point, I'm pretty much convinced that I'll be editing and revising until I die, at which point I shall come back as a ghost and start the process all over again. (Sadly, I could not find any satisfactory ghost-themed gifs to follow that statement.)

It's left me feeling way too insecure for the insecure writer's support group—which may be a ridiculous thing to say, given the name of the group, but that's where I am nonetheless.

So instead of putting you through yet another lament, I've decided to share some entirely-too-accurate editing/writing funnies I came across while trying desperately to avoid editing while making great strides toward the completion of my goal.

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That's gonna do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Happy Wednesday!

54 comments:

  1. Haha the comma muse from hell is all too familiar. Love the proofreader notes too. :D
    Good luck!!

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    1. That's pretty much all my muse talks about these days. That, and passive voice. :)

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  2. Hehehe! Love those. Good luck with your revisions. Take a Joss Whedon break whenever you need it. It'll fire you back up!

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    1. I have been saving Firefly for when things seem bleakest. Perhaps it's time to break that emergency glass?

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  3. If you revised and edited as a ghost, you'd be a true ghost-writer. :)

    (You can probably tell by that awful joke how well my revisions are going. Sigh.)

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    1. Well, my resulting laughter at your joke probably says a lot, too. :)

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  4. Word tornado - LOL!

    I'm going to come back and haunt all of my authors.

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    1. I'm planning to start using 'word tornado' when I'm editing for other people. Too good a mark not to use. :)

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  5. That looks a whole lot like my revision process! I recognized the jump from too long to too short right away.

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    1. I haven't hit the too-short side yet. Perhaps next edit?

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  6. Ha! I totally feel the pain in all those funnies. :) Hope you get a breakthrough with revisions!

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  7. Sometimes they do seem endless. I have a story I really like that also has big problems and is still waiting for me to go back and fix them.

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    1. And other times they really are just endless. My fault. All my fault. :)

      If I wasn't already in the middle of this round of revisions, my story would definitely be waiting for me to go back and fix them. And it would be waiting a loooooong time. Like, longer than it's already waited for me to fix them.

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  8. I love the proofreader's marks. Like Diane, the tornado one was my favorite.

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    1. I really liked the 'more hypnosis' one, too. :)

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  9. Love those pictures, so accurate! Good luck with your revisions, you'll get there!

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    1. Thanks, Laura—Those pictures really are like a self-portrait of my editing experience. :)

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  10. You deserve cookies, or cake. Have cake. You got this, M.J. Don't be afraid to take breaks. You can do it!

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    1. I do love cake...But I kind of feel like I haven't earned cake. Maybe if I withhold cake from myself until the edits are done, I'll finish them in record time?

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  11. Very funny - thanks for sharing. You'll get through that editing! Every little step brings you closer to the light at the end of the tunnel - which is NOT death.

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  12. Oh I loved those memes especially the annoying muse. I can totally relate!
    Danger, Love, and Mystery

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    1. It's especially annoying when commas should really be the least of my worries at this point. :)

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  13. LOL. Love the editing marks and what they mean. I thought WF was short for WTF.

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  14. LOL. Hon, you need some serious cheese. Here, have a mountain of it. You've got this! You're going to kill this draft, and then the next one, and then the next one. =)

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    1. One way or another, I will certainly kill this draft.

      Thanks for the cheese mountain...I shall make some delicious mac & cheese with it!

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  15. At least once you die you'll have eternity to finish those revisions. You're bound to get them done then. Right?

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    1. You know, I really never thought of that. That is an excellent point. :)

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  16. I'll send those editing marks to my editor. I'm sure they'll come in handy!

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    1. May you avoid the dreaded tic-tac-toe mark.

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  17. Haha those proofreader marks were too funny. And the Olaf one made me laugh louder than I should have.

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    1. I had the same reaction to the Olaf one. Knew I definitely had to include it in this post.

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  18. Take a break from the revisions and write a short story. Super short. You don't need to write it for a submission or for anyone to even read, but because you want to. When you're done with that story, go back to your revisions. Fresh eyes are the best eyes.

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    1. I have been taking a lot of breaks. Sometimes, I work on a different project, and other times I'm just doing anything other than writing/revising. But I'm so close to being done right now that I kind of want to just push through until the end. But I'll just end up taking more breaks, I'm sure.

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  19. I saw that last image on Twitter and shared it on Story Dam. Great minds think alike, eh? ;)

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  20. I like the proofreader marks :)
    My muse is similar to that one most of the time.

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    1. I really wish my muse could help with the actual story instead of just comma placement. Because, honestly, she ain't that good at it. :)

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  21. Sorry your revisions have been so frustrating! I know too well how never-ending that stage can feel sometimes. Hope a breakthrough is on the horizon for you!

    And those funnies are great! Especially love the first one. I have way too many pieces of art labeled that way on my computer... XD

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    1. Me too. I always end up having to go back and rename files from "Final Edit" to "Not As Final As I Thought Edit."

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  22. I know how you're feeling. My quick rewrite and revision of Book 3 had turned into yet another rewrite that seems to never end. If I/my betas don't like it, I think I might end up crying for a week.

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    1. I'll be under my desk doing the same. :)

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  23. Great memes. I get it. I have had months like that. Best of luck with the revising and hope get to feeling loads better about it. Happy IWSG
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  24. Well, we'll just call you Professor Bins, lol. Snoopy has some great writing comics :)

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    1. Professor Bins would be a perfect name for me. :)

      And yes, Snoopy certainly does have some great writing comics. I read quite a few while looking for selections for this post.

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  25. All books need more hypnosis. ;) Good luck with revisions! I find they always take longer than we think they will, but the book will be better for it.

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  26. I know this phase very very well. I think what's behind it is that we care about our work and we want to produce the best work for others, and I think that's a good thing.

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