I sat down today knowing I had to write. But—incomprehensible!—I didn’t want to. For me, editing can be as fun as first draft writing, but it can also be a punch to the throat. I look at paragraphs and, with hate, go “Why won’t you do what I want? You sound blah and I’m not even sure you make sense. Why won’t you behave?”
This happens a lot when I’m bogged down in editing. A wall just appears in front of the screen, blocking me from getting to my book. After these bouts, I take a small break that I usually force myself to come back from. But even just a few minutes can knock down the wall covering the screen. I can power through, see what isn’t working and find a way to fix it. And what comes out usually isn’t half bad.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work. There are times—and I don’t this unless I absolutely have to—I give up, figuring it’s best to wait and see if my crit partners have the same feeling towards it. By the time I hear back, then enough time will have passed that I’ll probably be able to edit better.
Your thoughts? What do you do when you hit a block writing or editing? Do you have any tricks for getting around the wall?
Writing is easy. Writing well is hard.
Wait, have I already used that one? Eh, whatever.