|My erasers were so well-used that there|
would only be a small piece left.
Onto the next eraser!
I am an editing freak. I type, I edit, I type some more and re-edit. Sometimes, I even edit after my post has been posted!
When I was a child in grade school, we used pencil. I would write, then erase; write, then erase. I do not remember what grade I was in when we were no longer allowed to use pencils. We had to use a pen. OH, NO! I would write, cross out; write and cross out. But, I made the straightest cross outs - my lines were so neat! Then when electric typewriters came out, I always had a bottle of White Out handy! Today I have the "DELETE" key! WAHOO - so easy!
I attend a writer's workshop once a month. Once a month, I must sit and write for 20 minutes. It is almost torture for me because I make mistakes or misspell a word or write a sentence, but realize it should go in the paragraph above. I have such a difficult time, not editing. Then we read what we wrote and I get so intimidated because there are some amazing writers in these workshops - writer's who write so eloquently without editing. The problem is I'm so concentrating on not editing, that I know I'm not writing to my potential. And I know the point of the workshops are to hone our writing skills, not become proficient proofreaders...Sigh...If only my teacher, Anne Kelly-Edmunds, really knew how difficult it is not to edit! She never seems to have that struggle. And then I think, "That's why they are good writers. Good writing flows naturally." (After all, I saw the movie Misery. And the author [James Caan] types away on his manual typewriter - no proofreading or erasing, no mistake fixing, or rewording sentences. He flawlessly finishes his ready-for-the-publisher book.) Sigh...
I almost don't know how to write without editing. I don't know that I want to write without editing! And I even check and recheck for accuracy - there is no fiction in my non-fiction writing!
And I always find typos in books. Always.
Well...I'm sure this post is not an encouraging word to anyone and for that I'm sorry. But, my inquiring mind really wants to know...
Does this quirk make me a perfectionist or do I have a natural talent as an proofreader?
Is it creativity or is it that I truly just want to glorify Jesus in my writing?
I think it might be all of the above. And that's OK. You just won't see Five Minute Fridays on my blog.
P.S. Pam, I clicked and dragged the eraser onto my post! I'm so happy I learned something new! Thank you so much! (I even edited that! I moved the photo to different sides of the post to see which looked better. Then ten minutes later added the parenthesis to this P.S.)
I actually had fun writing this post, laughing at my quirkiness. But, it definitely took me longer than five minutes! Good night my friends!
Because of Him and Unto Him