Ciao, amici! Wow, this week blew by. I’m sad to say I didn’t get any words written. Not a single one. Work kept me busy with an editing project. One I expect to finish before the weekend is over. Then maybe I’ll add to my word count.
Like I said, this week was all about editing, so of course that’s what this week’s inspirational quote deals with. These words by Stephanie Roberts really spoke to me.
Editing fiction is like using your fingers
to untangle the hair of someone you love.
If you aren’t an editor, you might not understand. And I’m sure this was about editing her own work. But I find it applies to me and my paycheck job.
I love my clients. I love fiction. If I’m working on it, doing my best to unsnaggle issues and make them pretty again, I try to be careful. Even so, I’m going to suffer a little myself. Sure, the person with the knots (the author) feels the most pain, but any parent can tell you that when the kid is in pain, the parent is, too. And I know when I point out problems to my clients, at least a little part of them is hurt. That was a labor of love, and I’m messing with it. But I think we both agree the end result is worth it.
And I’m beyond grateful; I’ve got amazing clients who I work well with. They help make the process as painless as possible.
So, no, I didn’t add to my new WIP since I submitted my manuscript to the publisher. But all things considered, it was a very productive week.
How was yours? Let’s talk about it.
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
Posts by others in the industry:
- How to be an Expert Typo Hunter | K.M. Allan
- Getting Lost in a Scene (the right way) | Fiction University
- Free Fonts | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Crutch Words | D. Wallace Peach
- Fixing Story Rips | Writers Helping Writers
- 7 Hard Truths about Writers | Kill Zone
- Layering Character | Writers Helping Writers
- Scene Construction | Kill Zone
- Daily Saving Writing Prompts | The Write Practice
- Engage Your Email List | Book Marketing Tools
- 27 Self-Editing Tips | Writer’s Relief
- Character Failures | Standout Books
- 5 Lessons Learned from Margaret Atwood | Live Write Thrive
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great week! Arrivederci!