How to not lose your mind while #editing

This is excellent advice!

Bernadette Benda

Editing a novel. How shall I describe it?

Editing is like polishing silver, except with a blindfold, and the blindfold is on fire, and you are banging your head against a wall trying to put the flames out while still polishing the silver.

giphy (28) pretty much how it is

But it’s all worth it. I promise. (I really, really, really promise the editing is worth it).

But how – how do you not lose your mind while editing?? I got a few tips…they may be helpful…

*grins and shrugs*

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Write clear and concise notes.

This probably depends on your editing process…but if you’re like me, you take a lot of notes. A LOT.

As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am notorious for leaving undecipherable notes that make no sense to me or anyone else that Elrond himself would not be able to decipher. Or, I write notes…

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100 #Word Quips to Make You #Laugh and Brighten Your Day

Struggling with the time change?  This might be a good pick me up! 🙂

Melanie V. Logan

Everybody needs a good laugh every now and then.  And life with my husband can certainly provide the best medicine.  Below are my humorous accounts of such events.  Enjoy!

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Usually when my husband and I run errands, he drives.  But on this particular warm Saturday, he asked me to take the wheel.

As we cruised along, he complained about everything – the route I took, how fast I

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Why #writer’s guilt sucks

I’ve certainly been there. A way to overcome the guilt may be to document it. Write a paragraph about what the guilt feels like…thoughts…etc. That may be good stuff to use when writing a character for a scene, and it’s being productive.

The Wondering Scribe

Hello Peepz,

Have you ever felt bad for not writing? Or, in an opposite mood, felt guilty for wanting to write? Have you disliked yourself for writing a certain thing? I have too, and it sucks.

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#Family Values: Foundation for Living in a Changing #World

Sometimes I feel like we’ve lost sense of family and community…

Melanie V. Logan

A Family is a Circle
Where we Learn to like ourselves
Where we Learn to make good decisions
Where we Learn to think before we do
Where we Learn integrity and respect for others

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#Writing Tip: Helping Others

This is excellent advice! Being a part of a critique group or just bouncing ideas across other writers can give beneficial feedback.

Cari Jehlik

The best and most efficient way to improve your writing is….

To help others with theirs.

This may feel counterintuitive if your life looks anything like mine (busy from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep). However, I believe that helping other writers only makes YOU a better writer.

I recently participated in a workshop for a short story anthology I submitted a story to. The workshop was a month long and every week we had to read two stories and critique them. Through that month, I became a better critiquer AND I think I became a better writer. Why?

It certainly wasn’t because I was editing all the time. It was because I was seeing errors that others made that I recognized! Because I do the same thing!

When I read, I can be guilty of what I’ll call ‘final draft syndrome.’ That means…

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11 Steps for #Writing the Perfect Scene

Some tips are so good, they bear repeating…

Melanie V. Logan

Ever have a great scene in your head, but when you write it all down, it seems flat?  I’ve certainly been there.  It can be frustrating to visualize everything, and even come up with a bunch of eloquent words that do absolutely nothing for the story.

A writer can show and tell all they want.  But when a story feels dull, chances are the book will be placed on a shelf or table to collect dust.  I certainly don’t want that.  So I enlisted the trusty assistance of Google to help me figure out how to improve my scene.

Lucky enough, I found

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Why #Rest and #Relaxation Are Like Air to #Writers (and Everyone Else in the World)

Taking care of our physical and mental well-being is an essential piece of our writing progress.

Melanie V. Logan

Rest and relaxation are things that we know we need, but sometimes “life” takes hold and we have to put it off.  For writers, this can be further complicated with extra work hours, kid’s activities, and to-do lists that interfere with our writing time.  So fitting in relaxation is like parallel parking in the tightest space.  Both can be done, but could be difficult without effort and determination (and maybe a stroke of luck).

Mental Health America and Psychology Today emphasize the importance of rest and relaxation on the mind and body.  When the brain’s maxed out, it affects cognition which is the mental ability to understand and process information. From a physical standpoint, when the body’s worn the amount of energy to complete tasks is limited or near non-existent.  If a writer can’t think

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