Tuesday, May 17, 2011

10 More Lies You Tell Yourself While Editing

10. I meant to write this scene three times. It's an important scene.

9. No one will notice that the location of the rooms in the house keep moving.

8. My main character isn't an insufferable prig. He's just wise.

7. These jokes are funny. I know, I wrote them.

6. (if you're writing a mystery) It doesn't matter that any of my first readers haven't been able to solve the mystery.

5. It matters even less that they say my solution comes out of left field. It's not unsolvable - it's incredibly clever.

DANGER! DANGER, Will Robertson!!

Back to our list...

4. You can't have too many colourful, quirky characters. More is more.

3. Oh look. I didn't write that scene three times, I wrote it four times. Wow. It's like Rashomon.

2. My main character is in two places at once. Obviously, my he/she has an identical twin.

And one big truth...

1. Any editing pass will go quicker with chocolate. But...watch out for crumbs.


  1. Elspeth - Oh those will carry one through any editing process! Here's one of mine:

    My character was supposed to be going one place and look! She went somewhere else. Looks like she changed her mind. People do that. They do.

  2. Bite-size chocolates avoid the crumb issue. Emergency stores of Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses are a must.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  3. Margot; You're absolutely right - people DO change their minds. It makes the plot realistic. It DOES.

    Terry; You are a wise, wise woman.

  4. I stick with the real dark chocolate bars from Lindt etc. in spite of the crumbs. I'm convinced that stuff is brain food.

  5. Pat; And that's all that counts. But, may I say "Yummmmm!"

  6. I love it! It's so true. I say those things a lot.

  7. This is great! Thanks for the chuckle (and the reminder).


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