“Makes you seem insane”: Notes from the editing process
A conversation I just had with my husband:
Me: I’m incorporating your edits to the book, and I don’t understand this note you wrote. You circled four paragraphs and commented, “Makes you seem insane.”
Him: Was that the part where you were interviewing the potential employee?
Him: The way it was written came across weird. It made it seem like you were rambling incoherently, and the candidate was angry that he had to be in the room with you.
Him: Wait. Was that accurate?
Me: Sort of. I mean, the scene is written exactly how it happened. Although I did leave out the part where he walked out.
That’s right, it’s editing time! At my request, my husband recently went through all 320 pages of my draft and offered extensive feedback. I’m now working furiously to incorporate his edits. And I’m not just praying the Litany of Humility, I’m living the Litany of Humility.
Some glimpses into the process:
So anyway, that’s where I’ve been this week. As always, the process of getting honest feedback is painful but tremendously helpful…and I’ll be very glad when it’s finished.
And now, time to get back to work…