So, last night my husband told me he thought I should try out for some kind of editing thing like a friend of ours is doing. He said he thought I’d made a good editor, that I had good instincts. I told him, “You never saw what I did to Witch Hunt before my computer died.”
His eyebrows shot up. “What are you talking about? What did you do to Witch Hunt?”
“Relax, I didn’t do anything “to” it, but I did do a lot of stuff to a copy I made of it.”
“Why would you do anything to it? What’s wrong with it that you think you needed to do anything to it?”
See how his alarm buttons all went off? You writer types are so easy to mess with! For anyone who’s not sure how “writer types” are, think “artist types” but smarter. They can argue back better because they have a lot more words at their disposal. Naturally.
“Well, I did a lot of editing because I know you’ve been having some trouble with writer’s block, and I figured if I went in and did a lot of stuff to it, that one of two things would happen – either you’d say, ‘What the hell did you do?’ and go fix it, or you’d say, ‘Hmm, that’s not bad but it could be better, here, let me fix it,’ and that it would help you out of your writer’s block.”
That’s when he told me he thought I’d make a good editor. :) High praise from Caesar!
Being stuck in a rut is hard on a writer – this I’ve seen firsthand. It saps all their creative energy and confidence. Now, I have no doubt whatsoever that one day my Beloved will be a best selling author and anything I can do in the meantime to help him will only benefit me (and him too!) in the long run. So I muck with his stories, try to get his juices flowing, spur his imagination, try to get him out of that rut. Writers like to fix things with their words, so throwing a little monkey wrench into the works can sometimes make magic happen. A little monkey wrench, I said. NOT a big one, like having half of a book’s edits lost when a thumb drive fails. THAT is what’s called a catastrophe, not a monkey wrench, and it’s most definitely NOT recommended. Don’t ask me how I know this.
Okay writers, now that I’ve gone and got your dander up, I know you’re dying to tell me what works best for you when you have writer’s block. I know just the thought of someone else mucking with your work is driving you crazy, and that you have a sudden spurt of sympathy for Darc, thinking about how his awful wife messes with his work. So sound off!