Insecure Writer’s Support Group


This month’s co-hosts are Sheena-kay Graham, Julie Musil, Jamie Ayres, and Mike Swift. Please be sure to thank them for their time and effort to make all IWSG members feel welcome. 

Let me set the scene. It’s 5:30 pm and I’ve finished my day job. In front of me, I have following task:

  • Quick read through and edit of a couple of chapters to send to my critique partners.
  • Revisions on two chapters to stick to my goal of finishing edits on this WIP by mid-Feb.
  • Write the first paragraph to a new MS for my Creative Workshop.

Which ‘free flowing, creative and something out of nothing’ task filled my heart with bliss.
Which ‘nit picky, mind numbing, never know if I’m doing it right’ task filled my brain with resentment.

Really, why can’t I get paid to create first drafts.

Because that’s ridiculous, but it makes me wonder, does anyone enjoy the editing process? If so, how did you get to that point?

26 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group

  1. Oh, I hear you. The best feeling is finishing that first draft, but it’s followed shortly by the dread of tackling that mountain of notes you’ve created of stuff that needs to be fixed. But those revisions are a necessary beast.

  2. I love the process of creating something out of nothing. But I also like the editing process, too. Maybe I’m just weird. LOL

  3. If we all got paid for your first, second, and third drafts we’d all be millionaires. 😉 I enjoy reading through my work once it’s polished but I’m not exactly thriller when I have to edit it for the first time.

  4. You write my first drafts and I will edit for you! Because I prefer editing. I have a hard time getting the story down on paper. Once it’s there, I have something to work with and enjoy editing.

  5. I’m the same as Alex – I struggle to get the first draft out, but enjoy rewriting – I find things that aren’t as bad as I thought they were, and I enjoy the process of improving what I’ve written, ‘sanding the edges off’, so to speak.

    Maybe thinking of the editing process in that way will help – every edit you make is a slight improvement to the work in progress, eventually these will add up to noticeable improvements.

  6. Hey, maybe you’ve hit on something good here! It’s fun to let our muses run wild and create, and it’s easy to see others’ mistakes and fix them. Maybe that’s what we all should do–write first drafts, then turn them over to someone else to polish up and publish. Dang, that would put a wicked twist on the slush pile, wouldn’t it? hahaha Great post! 🙂

    IWSG #298
    (Yup. I got culled and had to start all over. *blush*)

  7. Getting paid to write anything would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with editing. Sometimes it torture and I spend most of my time twiddling my thumbs, but when I take something that was falling flat, and I turn it into something that sings. Well, I love those moments. Editing has its place and sometimes I even *gasp* look forward to it.

  8. I’m starting to come around about editing. It’s still hard work, and less fun than writing first drafts. But the more I practice, the more I’m starting to feel like not only am I doing the REAL work of a writer, but I’m maybe just a little! starting to get the hang of it.

    Keep it up!

  9. I actually LOVE the edting and revising stages. That part is easier for me than the drafting. If I have something in front of me I can start working with it, but a blank page is paralyzing.

    My IWSG post can be found on not the wordpress link with my name. 🙂

  10. Hmm. I hate substantial edits, the kind that require you to rewrite entire sections. But I enjoy the final edits at the end that are basically like putting the final decorations on a Christmas tree or the cherry on top of a cupcake. Those big edits make the book good, but those final tiny things make the book awesome!

    1. I am completely with you on that! That first rewrite, with the big changes and all, is hard. I am getting better, but don’t love it. The fine-tuning I could probably do all night 🙂

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