Editing – Boy, Does It Ever Stink


Even though I’ve been writing for a long time now, up until the last year or so it’s been on again, off again.  So in no way do I consider myself experienced. I wrote my first novella in 2000. I finished the rough draft for my second one 06/15/12. I’m still not done editing and revising it. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read over it and tweaked it since June; I’d guess at least 10 or 12. Go ahead, more experienced writers, rev up your laugh machines for what I’m about to say: I totally underestimated how difficult the editing process is.

The process really feels never ending. Every time I begin to look it over, I find something else that needs fixing. I don’t think the time will ever come when I will look at it and not find something that feels wrong, or second guess the way something is worded or the way the story unfolds. I spent my breaks at work today editing it, and I decided after I finish this pass through it, I AM DONE. I can’t obsess over it forever. It’s about as good as it’s going to get. It’s time to let this baby bird leave the nest and fly on into the big, bad, scary world of submissions.

Besides, I’ve got my third novella waiting to be edited and revised, and who knows how long that one’s going to take. And by the time I finish with that one, I may be finished with the rough draft of my novel. And I think the editing is a pain now. That’s going to feel like a freakin’ root canal. Does everyone find editing and revising this difficult? Does it ever get easier?

Published by Kenneth Jobe

Kenneth Jobe is a writer, photographer, musician, and Native Californian living in the Midwest with his wife and son. His fiction has been published in Jitter, The Rusty Nail, Ghostlight: The Magazine of Terror, and the horror anthology Robbed of Sleep, Volume 2.

5 thoughts on “Editing – Boy, Does It Ever Stink

  1. Hi, I feel your pain! I have a book in the works that I am trying to find the time to edit, in between quilting, involvement at church, and family stuff. I get plenty of encouragement, though. Maybe I will get it done before I shuffle off this mortal coil. :). I am headed for 80 next month. Best regards to you. Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy life. Ruby

  2. Editing–blah! I’m still editing a story that I feel like I should have been done with long ago. If it didn’t cost so much, I’d hire an editor. 😦
    I’m one of the members of the infamous KHEL 666 and Undead in the Netherworld blogs. You paid us a visit on the death metal post. Thanks so much for your kind comment!

  3. Hiring an editor – what a nice thought that is. I wonder if I can find one who would accept payment in sandwiches.
    Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be back by your blog very soon!

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