Oh, the editing process. How I love and loath it all at once. It’s like trying to glue worms together into a pretty neat line but their slippery skin keeps shrugging off all the glue. On good days, it’s like shooting rainbows from a cat-cannon.
It’s fun, except for the part where it drives you into a state of cowering madness. During such moments, when you’re prepared to sell your soul for a loaf of bread, it’s best to remember ‘slow and steady gets shit done, like your novel’. Or something like that.
Take breaks. Let me just leave an awesome post here by Stigmata Script that will lift your deflated penmonkey spirit: Divide and Conquer.
Today, as I was on the cusp on murdering our farting cat (I really want there to be a book called The Misadventures of a Flatulent Cat), I took a creative break doing something cathartic and wishful.
I made pretend book covers for all my completed manuscripts! Have you ever done this? I’ve never dared to try this before but, considering it made me feel better, I think every writer should give it a go once in a while. Just don’t take credit for images that aren’t yours, obviously.
WARNING: I am Photoshop stupid. These were made in the illustrious programme known as Paint.
Scars in the System
The first book in my first ever fantasy saga. God knows if I’ll ever finish editing this one. I’ll probably be done with it when I’m 80 years old and enjoy tripping people with my walking stick.
Picture by Steve Argyle.
Picture by UdonNodu.
Drown in a Bottle of Keys
A supernatural romance horror time travel thing. Yeah, I haven’t quite polished up the plot of this one, but I’ll get to editing it properly in good time. I want to write a supernatural romance that isn’t, you know, ANNOYING.
Picture by Vyrhelle-VyrL.
Picture by yuumei.
This is actually a short story and will (hopefully) be published as part of an anthology by the end of this coming academic year. A young woman caught between two feuding gods is swept away from this world and thrown upon a magical staircase, where one god races to claim her soul.
Picture by Destiny Blue.
I hope my skill with font didn’t burn holes into your eyeballs. But doesn’t this look like a fun thing to do with your novels/scripts? Next time you feel about ready to punch anything that moves, take a break and design a book cover/poster. There’s nothing wrong with reminding yourself of the end result you want to acheive.
Don’t forget, those of you thinking of entering the Final Fantasy Flash-Fan-Fiction Contest, you have ten days left!