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The strangest feeling

I got the suggested edits back for my smut project story. What a strange feeling to see that someone has read my story with such close attention, When you put something up to be read you are making them feel it, you don't want them to examine each word, but just sort of inhale and believe. This feels different, this is the sensation of someone on my side of the mirror, looking the same way as me; someone kind and encouraging (I mean that word exactly, in the sense of bringing courage out in me, ) Weird.  It makes me feel quite shy and humble.

Of course many/most of you have been through this already. Did it feel that way for you?

I have been reading more than writing lately, although I do poke along at a couple hundred words a day. Sometimes you paddle along in the lazy river of writing, adding, changing, deleting, and sometimes you hit a waterfall where you write like falling, a thousand words in a few hours. You emerge at the bottom, dazed and changed, and the river slows again. I am in the laziest part of a lazy river now. I have to trail a hand in the water sometimes, just to believe I am moving.

We are in the end of summer now. You can feel that the light has changed. June feels new, July feels like everything blooming. By August the end is in the smell of the wind. I am ready, I suppose, for the slow slide into fall.

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kcwarwick
Aug. 9th, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
When I had my first story accepted for publication, I was quite proud of my writing skills, until I got the edits back to correct. I had no idea I made so many mistakes - it was a wonder to me that the story had been accepted! But, yes, the editor has to look at the technical side of the story, grammar, punctuation, repeated words. It all has to be very analytical. Because of this, it always seems to be a great compliment when an editor says 'I really enjoyed reading this!' I've been very lucky with my editors. They've always taught me a lot.
charliecochrane
Aug. 10th, 2014 09:40 am (UTC)
I wish to be associated with the remarks of the previous speaker! What KC says is spot on.

I think of editors not as people who say "your baby is ugly" but who say "your lovely baby would look even lovelier if...".

Or something like that.
vespican
Aug. 9th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
It is always a surprise to see how many mistakes somebody else, particularly a professional editor will find in your work... even when you have been over it time and time again and believe it to be perfect. Then again, as I was going through accepting the editor's recommendations, I found other errors that both of us had missed. Somewhere I've heard that a reasonably competent editor will find 95% of the errors.
Dave
thistle_chaser
Aug. 10th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
It sounds like how I try to describe editing to people. Reading to edit is totally different than reading to enjoy or learn. Like you said, editing is more examining each word, each word's place in the sentence, each sentence, each sentence's place in the paragraph, etc.

I'm glad you found someone good for you in that way!
nodbear
Aug. 13th, 2014 08:38 am (UTC)
Yes the difference both initial edits and professional edits make are vital and the more sharp eyed the better

you really made me think with your smelling the Autumn in the air though
it feels sad to feel that sneaking up on us one way and another.
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