Monday, 8 September 2014
the writer's edition: month 17 check-in
with the sun shining on your back or at a cafe, with a plate of delicious food at your reach?
And so begins my process of editing as I would read. With my manuscript in hand, I've been trying to replicate regular reading conditions. It's less formal than sitting at a desk, but instructive all the same. The pages may be A4 and unbound, but this process makes it feel almost like a real book. The critical reader appears and it's easy to distance myself from the work, as though it's someone else's rather than my own.
This more relaxed process means I've been able to work with the kids rioting around me (inside or out), which isn't always easy to do! I was also able to bundle up my manuscript and take it with me to a nearby town yesterday while Tom went to a birthday party. I drove around until I found an open cafe (no mean feat on a Sunday afternoon) and sat by the window with a view of the lake. I edited as I ate an early meal all by myself - indulgent, bliss and very productive!
Do you work on the go? Where's your favourite place to get things done?
PS Textas are highly recommended for editing on the couch - have you ever tried to write with a pen half tilted upside-down?!