5 Things I’ve Learned About Myself From Editing REAPER

1. I hate editing. I hate it more than I hate a lot of things, and that’s a lot of things. I hate that I’m so obsessed with every little word and making sure it’s the perfect word. I hate that it makes me want to rake my eyes out with a back-scratcher. 

2. My characters are healthy characters. They walk and sprint a lot. Every page, walking and sprinting. Occasionally they trot, but mostly they walk. I should buy them all pedometers.

3. I repeat things a lot. Usually. In. Short. Sentences. Aiming. For. Effect. But. Really. It’s. Annoying. Ya know?

4. I like the word, “fuck” especially when used in the most unnecessary places. Fuck fuck here, and a fuck fuck there. Here a fuck, there a fuck…

5. My characters operate on a green screen. Setting? Pfft. You figure it out. I have to make them DO and THINK shit. Why can’t you just figure out where they are? WHY? *deep breaths* Sorry. Yeah, setting’s an issue. We’re working on it.

 

What do you discover about yourself while editing your work? What annoying habits do you have? Don’t lie and say none because that makes you a lying liar pants. 

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2 thoughts on “5 Things I’ve Learned About Myself From Editing REAPER

  1. I too like to place fucks everywhere, and sometimes forget that my characters aren’t on a screen where the reader sees them moving about. This is what editing is for, but we don’t have to like it. 😉

  2. I dislike editing too – Once I’ve fixed the obvious (like consistent viewpoint) I struggle to see the big picture. I also don’t have a real setting, nor a time-frame and I find ramblings quite often but then am loathe to try and work out what needs to be included and what needs trashing.
    I think I’m great at writing having had 2yrs of practice at it everyday, but I’m still an infant when it comes to editing! And it’s not as fun to practice it. Glad I’m not the only one

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