Recently, I experienced a long stretch of work where I was editing every day, including weekends, for about five weeks. During that time I did no writing at all. That was a problem, because prior to scheduling that bunch of edits, I’d been giving the WIP a lot of attention and managed to get back the momentum I’d lost the last time I worked several weeks in a row.
Losing momentum when writing takes no time at all. Schedule a couple days off, and it’s gone. Getting that momentum back is a struggle, and it’s getting harder all the time.
Editing is a job that requires 100 percent focus every minute of every hour you do it. Daydream for even a few seconds, and you might miss something. It’s a demanding, exhausting way to make money, and while I enjoy the process, I also wish I could afford to quit.
I can’t be creative after fixing someone else’s manuscript six to eight hours a day, and not only because I’m tired of sitting in front of a computer. My head is awash with all the things a writer shouldn’t do, and even the best of us make those mistakes, me included. Just ask my betas. 😉
The advice is to get that story down before you start picking it apart, but when I edit, “getting it down” might take months, with lots of long breaks between bursts of creativity. I stop writing when I have editing jobs–momentum lost, interest in WIP dead–then try to pick it up again.
What do I do then? Piss and moan, then force myself to start writing again.
I walked into the bedroom the other day and saw this:
That’s Suki’s paws, sticking out from under the sheets. She likes to crawl under the blankets and sleep for a couple hours after I get up.
Have a great weekend!