Yesterday I had the whole day set aside for implementing my editor’s revision notes.
It pretty much guaranteed that every time I got up to refill my water glass, I’d be distracted by something around the house that needed tidying.
I am by no means a neat freak. Truth be told, I’m a disgusting slob. I am, however, capable of hanging up my coat when I remove it. Pythagoras, on the other hand, has a different habit.
Here’s photographic evidence:
Seriously, how hard is it to open a closet door and grab a clothes hanger?
When I questioned him about it, he argued that he takes his jacket on and off at least five times a day in the winter, so doors and hangars are too time-consuming to contend with.
Before I get too smug about how much tidier I am than my husband, let’s take two steps back from that scene, shall we?
Yes, the wine I bought last week sits just ten easy steps from the closet where a lovely and capable wine rack waits to cradle my purchases. I could point out that some of the wines are whites intended for consumption in the next week, which would therefore relegate them to the fridge instead of the wine closet, but you don’t see me putting them there, either.
What’s my problem?
If I’m being honest, I’ll admit I do this with manuscripts sometimes. Last night while editing MAKING WAVES, I stumbled over a scene I’ve never been in love with. Though my editor hasn’t asked me to change anything about it, nor have my critique partners or agent, it’s just never felt perfect to me.
But have I done anything about it? No. Not yet, anyway.
How hard would it be? I'm working my way through edits right now, so this is my opportunity to make the change.
In my defense, there's always this fear in writing that you’ll start tugging at threads and pretty soon the entire garment will come unraveled and you’ll be standing there in your underwear.
In romance writing, that’s not always a bad thing.
I’ll admit I skipped the scene last night, but I’ve resolved not to move forward with the fun edits – the ones I’m enjoying so much it shouldn’t be legal – until I’ve done something to make myself happy with that scene.
Do you have niggling things in your life or your manuscript that aren’t terribly hard to fix, but you just don’t get around to it? Please share.
I should probably go put the wine away now. Well, I’ll keep out a couple bottles. I might need one for this scene.