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The whopping 109-page Western is sitting beside my computer and it’s taunting me. Why did I ever think single-spaced was a good idea? Honestly. Am I going to change the format starting October? Nope. I’m one of those creatures that has OCD when it comes to format and presentation- things have to look identical except in very specific situations. My inner Oscar Wilde will approve of my aesthetic choices but my eyeballs may revolt.

I have to admit, I have no idea how to approach this revision stage. Do I read it through once then go back and read and revise? Or do I start right off the bat? I think I’ll actually really enjoy editing but I know that I’m going to hate reading something I wrote. In fact, I’ve been meaning to offer an apology so here goes:

I am truly sorry for any grammatical and/or spelling error(s) as well as awkward sentences or repeated words that my posts may contain. I’m generally writing these on the fly so I don’t usually have time to re-read them before publishing them. There’s rarely a day that goes by in which I don’t need to edit a post that’s already been published. I have a weird aversion to reading what I’ve written; I don’t know why or when this happened but if I’m going to be editing a year’s worth of novels, I kind of have to get over this hang up sooner rather than later. Now I can understand actors and singers who can’t stand to watch or hear their own performances.

*Phew* I’m glad I finally got that out of my system. It’s going to be interesting to see how this editing process goes. I’m really looking forward to it, especially since I have lots of friends and family coming to bat for me me and offering to read it and help with suggestions. Are they the bestest or what? It’s going to be a really interesting month with 1 novel to edit, 1 to write, volunteering, a girls’ weekend far, far away, a visit with my Mom, dancing, lots of walkies, possibly resuming my Irish lessons, Halloween festivities and of course work!

I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be busy but now that I’m getting a taste of it, I’m hooked!

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