Find and replace

On Boxing Day I received the first version of my manuscript complete with copious corrections and suggestions from my editor. I knew that I hadn’t written a flawless piece, but I was surprised that I’d duplicated some of the chapter numbers. I was also mortified that I’d confused ‘site’ with ‘sight’ on so many occasions.

Strangely enough, I really tried my hardest to ignore most of the story for fear of coming across something that I disliked or that I had written badly. I’m putting my faith entirely in my editor in order to tell me if I’ve gone drastically wrong in my plot or have accidentally resurrected a character that should have stayed dead.

I’m beginning to understand the attitude of actors that refuse to watch their own work. I assumed ’til now that this was just affectation, but now understand that its about relentless self criticism and insecurity.

2 responses to “Find and replace

  1. Because writers are always learning and improving, revision can seem like an endless process. Stuff of mine that I thought wonderful at the time will stick out even a little while later. It’s good that you have an editor or any other pair of eyes to help you out :).

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  2. I’ve edited work for others but it’s funny how you look right past errors in your own work. I had two weeks to accept the edits and changes but turned it around in two days. I couldn’t bear the thought of it in the state that it was in. 🙂

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