Do Thou Fearest the Editing Process?

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Ah…the editing process.   What a difficult, tall mountain that is to climb.  You think for a moment that you’ve reached the top, but then, as if it is a tree, the mountain grows, springing up into the air with the sound of a waterfall crashing, higher and higher until you think that it is impossible to arrive at your goal.  How can one possibly persevere against this Tower of Doom, this Tower of Tediousness?  The editing process…what a woeful experience.

What does one need to climb this mountain, to ascend this tower?  Can he rely alone on the strength of his mind; his own, fresh ideas?  Certainly, this will help, but no.  Can he rely on the aid of others?  This will give him an advantage, a new way of seeing things, but in the end his own friends cannot do what he himself must do.  And can he even rely on the inspiration that can so easily be absorbed from his surroundings; the beauty of a countryside, the influential works of other artists, or the impressive feat of another?  No, not even this will help him overcome his foe, his challenger.  What is necessary for someone to overcome the beast that is the editing process?

All of the suggestions that I have given, a fresh mind, the views of others, and inspiration, come together to make what is necessary to defeat the editing process.  But what binds these together?


I don’t care who you are or how good you are at writing.   If you don’t have discipline, you can’t write a book, and you will not be able to overcome the editing process.  Your own willpower must be strengthened and it must remain firm, for if you persevere, remaining disciplined, and true to your quest, you can overcome the editing process.  You can defeat the beast that terrorizes the World of Writing.

Get ready!  The beast has begun his assault!

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5 thoughts on “Do Thou Fearest the Editing Process?

    K. Caffee said:
    August 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Always, so totally true! You pour your soul out onto the pages, then it is so hard to go through and prune it to the shape you actually meant it to be. But, if you do your pruning properly, it is not that painful. some of what you have to take out, you can use elsewhere. Other parts were necessary to help the story mature, but now are crutches that can be removed.

    When you get to the point of needing the edits, keep your chin up, and soldier on. Remember, you are freeing the gem you have made from the matrix it needed to grow so that everyone else can see its beauty as well.

      Aul responded:
      August 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Well said! I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes editing doesn’t always seem bad, but what’s most important is that you keep moving forward!

    proverbs31teen said:
    August 14, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    I’m kind of different, because I actually enjoy editing. 😛 I often leave things to do in editing. 😉 Great post. I may like editing, but that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle with it. 😉

      Aul responded:
      August 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      I’m not going to lie, I can enjoy editing sometimes too. I like seeing my writing get better and being satisfied with my progress. I wrote that post in a time of editing distress 🙂 Guess that’s kinda obvious…

        proverbs31teen said:
        August 14, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Haha, yeah, I guessed that much. I have plenty of those moments, too. 😉

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