I’ve just spent the afternoon arguing online instead of writing this post. I didn’t mean for it to happen. Here, take a look at what I had planned for the day.
What happens if your editor stuffs up your voice? What if she doesn’t ‘get’ you, strips out your voice, removes your humour, makes it correct but not quirky… What then?
I thought I’d heard every fear in the book around hiring an editor, about writing an ebook, and about creating a product that the audience will love.
I spent Christmas 2013 alone in Fiji. Talk about doing stuff that brings up all your shit. It was the freaking weirdest, coolest, out-of-my-comfort-zone, face-my-fears trip I’ve ever done.
My oh my, was I naïve. This whole business thing didn’t go quite as I’d planned. Editing for a living is one thing. Being CEO of Me is a-whole-other-level kind of interesting.
In editing others’ attempts at beautiful expression, we have a choice. We can choose kindness or cruelty. Humour or spite. Warmth or harshness.
According to the internet, introverts think they’ve got it tough. And I don’t want to turn this post into a war on introversion. But I have an observation you might identify with.
There’s something you need to know. It’s your editor… She’s hiding something from you. It’s nothing ominous, don’t you worry. But it’s a secret nonetheless. And one I’m going to let out of the bag right now.
It’s weird, this phenomenon. Logically, you might think that writers become less and less likely to need or want an editor the more practised they become at their craft.
So you might have heard. You need an editor. Have you ever wondered what this actually means? Written on your to-do list ‘get an editor’? And then gone about your day putting it right out of your mind? Yep, me too.
If you can answer these 5 simple questions, you’re good to go. In fact, I’ve structured whole books for my clients based on this simple formula. Whole books! Something must be working, huh?
Proofreading is boring when you’ve been writing something all day, or even for an hour or two. You don’t have any inclination to comb through it again. You know what it says. You wrote it.
When my first promise of a website went down the pan because the developer disappeared off the face of the planet, I was crushed. I’d had big expectations and huge hopes for having my words and offers out there for all the world to see.
Maybe it’s a creative thing. I’ve never heard a teacher have a confidence crisis when she’s describing whether she can teach a class, or a plumber umming and ahhing over what kind of plumber he is.
Sometimes go with the first draft. Sometimes take a chance. Sometimes just enough is plenty. Sometimes do it even if you’re not feeling it. Sometimes turn up late instead of not at all.