Writing

All We Have, Finally

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I’M NEW TO THIS BLOGGING BUSINESS, but one thing that’s painfully familiar to me is the incessant desire to edit, edit, then edit again.

I’ve been this way as long as I remember.

Carver’s words (I’m currently writing a thesis on him) echo around my head so tauntingly.

they had better be the right ones

I’m not a perfectionist in any other area of my life. And I’m actually so hasty that I make a lot of rushed mistakes (which subsequently fuels my need to edit).

Nothing I write is ever good enough.

Nothing I write looks quite the same on the page as it did in my head.

There is always a better, cleverer, funnier, more succinct, wittier, more interesting way to tell my story.

And I cannot resist involuntarily playing these alternatives out internally.

Then, when I can’t resist any longer…

I go back and adjust.
I revisit and tamper.
I drive myself mad.

And eventually, I let it go.

Am I the only one with this habit…[quirk] [tendency] [obsession] ?

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