To write is human, to edit is divine.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

A quote from Stephen King, the author of my ‘writing bible’ to start and with apologies to the much-missed Prince, who wrote that iconic song Manic Monday for The Bangles all those years ago.  But today, for me, Monday feels horribly manic.

Manic_monday_USIn 1986, I wore out my copy of the Manic Monday 7″ single because I played it so many times and how ironic that this amazing song was blocked from reaching the number one spot in the charts by  Prince and the Revolution‘s single, Kiss.

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 I’m torn between wanting to finish the edit a.s.a.p. and coming up for up air to give myself a break.

Anyway … I digress … as I so often do.   The reason I am feeling manic this morning is that I have been up at dawn every day for the last four days to carry out a ruthless edit of the 7th re-write of my novel.

As a virgin novelist, the editing process is proving to be both exhausting and painful, as it is highlighting some serious flaws in my writing.  It is cliché-ridden, littered with adverbs and the number of times my character’s hearts have skipped a beat is beginning to give me palpitations.

So editing for me is proving to be a 1 in 4 learning curve and I very hope my writing will improve as a result.

I love every single one of my characters and am reasonably confident I have a solid plot so, having got this far, I am not going to let my characters or the storyline down by writing shoddy sentences.

What a euphoric day it will be when I’ve finished the edit.   I will finally be able to send the whole shebang off to a professional so it can be ravaged once again and I await its return with bated breath so I can go through the whole bloody process again.  Just another manic Monday.

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Written by Tessa Barrie

Blogger from Jersey, Channel Islands UK who believes life's too short to be niche.

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