Editing Has a Bedtime

Last night I hit it again. That wall where suddenly every comment on my work puts my hair on end, and I wonder how I ever thought anyone would want to read this manuscript. After scrolling with mounting ire through a few more comments, I look at the clock, and oh… that’s why.

I tend to get to that state by about 9 pm regardless of how much editing I’ve done during the day. (And yesterday I’d binge-edited eight chapters by that point.)

So I said “I’m done,” and tucked my manuscript in for the night. Even though I wanted to finish up the draft, it just wasn’t going to happen. I have learned that editing while tired is more likely to result in frustration and tears than improvements to the draft.

Hey, look, a metaphor!

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Millstones had patterns of radiating arcs cut into them so they would grind better. Periodically the patterns had to be re-cut because they would become worn down. This is one of the millstones I saw at the windmill by Sanssoucci Palace in Potsdam, Germany.

Don’t try to keep grinding away at your draft with a dull millstone. Rest when you need to.

Here’s to a new day, new energy, new insights, and new creativity.

Happy Yarning!

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2 thoughts on “Editing Has a Bedtime

  1. That is a pretty great metaphor!
    And don’t let all the comments get you down. You have a fantastic manuscript and you’re polishing it to perfection. 🙂 I’m going to be so psyched when you get published!

    And I’m going to reblog this. That metaphor is just too good.

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