I am in the throes of editing my manuscript for my MFA application after many comments from friends and writing workshop comments. I must say, the more I put it off, the harder it felt to get back into it. But when I’m in the character’s head, it flows so easily. I put off so many things because I’d rather be a schlub and watch movies or TV on DVD all the time. When I do write, I feel exhilarated and elated.
I also find that editing a piece at a time significantly helps in motivation. The scariest part for me is that every time I re-write a story, its original form completely changes. I changed the perspective and also the tone of the story. It’s a different story. I have no idea where my story is headed conjured up from the original. My only goal for my story is to be clear. I don’t want my readers to be confused, ask questions that should be answered, or wonder about my character’s motivations. I want to convey all the facts. This is storytelling and hopefully, my writing comes across as such.
I’ll post a snippet of my work soon enough when I’m almost complete. For now, on to editing my story!