Apparently, I’ve gotten so good at making them that I don’t even realize I’m doing it now.

I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing, or a bad thing though.

I was emailing Karen yesterday, thinking about all the critting that I’ve been doing for half a dozen people or so at the moment. It takes time, I’m giving good advice, people are thankful for that, and I get a kick out of it as well.

And then it hit me – I’ve been telling myself that I don’t have the time/energy/brain power to rework my own novels/stories, and yet here I am giving valuable, useful critiques to other people.

If I can put the time/energy/effort into that for other people, why can’t I do it for myself? When I am reading through I’m thinking about the ways I would do it differently, the sentences I would change, what can be cut, the words I’d switch out for other ones, the issues that have come up in the plot, the inconsistencies. Isn’t that what I need to be doing for my own writing? You know, that big fat pile of novels/novellas/stories I have sitting around waiting for me to get back to them?

Yeah… excuses busted.

With that said, I’m planning on getting back to Lifelines in the very near future 🙂 I want to clear the decks of the stuff on my crit table at the moment (mostly the stories for the Collection, halfway through, go me!), and tie up a few other things, then it’s just a matter of finding a way to balance fresh writing on TCM with editing/revision work on Lifelines.

I’m sure I’ll find a way!

Also, I think I’m moving closer to making a firm(ish) decision about a future career, but more on that another time.


8 thoughts on “Excuses”

  1. Your inner editors are far more cunning than mine! But then if it’s not sitting on my ass writing these days, I consider it an excuse for not writing.

    Even being sick!

  2. I had a similiar realization last night while chatting with Chibi. I have plenty of time at work now that it’s summer and we’re impossibly slow and I’ve been whining about how I have nothing to do while there. Uh… -stares at her growing pile of novels needing to be reworked- Yeah. Gues what I’ll be doing now.

    1. oh that is SO true. I’ve been cleaning at Mum’s just about every day since her operation and it’s no problem at all – my own house however? Ug…. no thanks lol. I’m a little more enthusiastic about my own editing/critting now though thankfully!

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