Today’s work has included editing five chapters of someone else’s work (and it was good enough to make me not want to stop.) I’ve learnt, however, that in order to maintain concentration on the editing process, and not get carried away by the story, I need to do it in five chapter bursts.
I love reading work that makes me want to read on, where I don’t notice typos, or feral commas. I’m a speed reader, always have been, so my mind constantly puts in what should be there in order to not break the reading. Editing means breaking my brain’s long established habit, and making it look at what’s actually there. I need softer music, more laid-back and flowing, when I’m editing. Today I was listening to some classic J.J. Cale.
And tonight? Tonight I get to make my brain do the same thing on my own work. I want to get both this manuscript, and the edits to Seldi of Legend, off on Monday so I can finish up the current episode.