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Soldiering On

The editrix is a pain in my butt.

That's probably why I spent much of the day futzing. It wouldn't be all the conversation, like the one that had me up to midnight babbling away about process. And that meant I slept in to 7am. I am so not on EDT right now. No, it wouldn't be the conversation about life, the universe, and everything else.

I was at a tricky place yesterday, one of the crucial moments where I had to tweak my first draft properly. At least it was halfway through what continues to be a 3k story. It took me a while to get through that moment today. Phone calls didn't help. Of course, I didn't exactly keep them to a minimum.

Editrix didn't like stuff today. I had a lot of trouble with the physician scene. And then I cut it so short that it didn't need to be there at all. Snip. The draft got a bit fatter and then I cut all the first draft stuff where I was playing around with the basic idea. Snip. Back to 3k again. Technically, as of now, I have 500 words to go.

Editrix: No one will like this story.
Me: Why not?
Editrix: Because it's about people who aren't nice.
Me: So?
Editrix: You do mean things to them.
Me: So? They deserve it.
Editrix: No one deserves what you're writing about these characters.
Me: Do you really think so?
Editrix: No one will get this story.
Me: Why not?
Editrix: Because it's too simple.
Me: Oh. Do you really think so?
Editrix: And no one will buy this last scene unless you go back and make it clear that he really cares. Otherwise, it's going to be a bunch of random things happening to bad people.
Me: Well, I can fix that. See this place? It has almost nothing in it and I can add that without adding a lot of words.
Editrix: What makes you think you know how to pull this story off?
Me: I don't know. Do you think I can't?
Editrix: You're not worthy.

Like I said, Editrix is a pain in my butt.
That must be why the kittens have been guarding me. Maybe they'll kick Editrix' butt for me, purr all over her and distract her while I tweak the final 500 words.

Frog Out


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Apr. 22nd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Hey, I think you've got the same editrix I do!
Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
I might. I hear she gets around. We all need to gang up on her.
Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Finish the story. Then write another one.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Story is officially finished. Rough draft to edited draft. Now it sits for a couple of weeks so I can get a bit of distance and decide if it's total garbage. (It's not.) Moving on to the editing of story #2 in the morning. And that was supposed to be the story I was going to finish first on this trip. Then this other story needed to be written and then immediately edited. Who knew? Why make plans at all?
Apr. 23rd, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Go you!
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
Put Editrix in the story and do mean things to her.

And keep on writing. : )
Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
She wouldn't let me, but she did let me finish the edited draft today! Tomorrow I move on to the next story that needs editing. Still a couple of work days left here in the desert.
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