I am quite the wuss. No denial there. Things like scary movies give me nightmares, not even comedy horror is safe for me. Editing is another thing I can be a giant wuss about. Sure, asking a writing partner to read my WIP is easy peasy. But getting those edits back... I definitely procrastinate looking. Mostly because I get on an emotional roller coaster when I go through edits. This edit I'll agree with. That one will make me go WTF? While another makes me pull my hair in frustration. Doesn't my partner get what I am trying to say??? Up and down, up and down. It's quite exhausting.
But writing partners are valuable tools. For one, they save money. They do it for free after all. (Of course, the downside to that is they may not be speedy. Other things can take priority over your WIP. Can't always blame them. A bit heartless to get mad at a someone when their grandma is in the hospital and they don't have the time to read.) They give great insight, point out plotholes, find missed words, and help you make your WIP that much better.
If I could just find the guts to open the edited file.
Fortunately, my writing partner, Marybeth, has made it easy for me. She's made it fun. Yes, you heard me right. Fun. Let me give some examples of her notes.
Comment 7 to my overused of the word prickled: Heh sparked perhaps? Prickle is obviously the word of the day!
Comment 8 in reference to Ben's mom telling him not to be a lazy by saying Sloth: Sloth! So cute, even as one of the 7 deadly sins :D
Comment 14 in reference to a pastor's sermon about Satan temping you. This one made me laugh out loud and hubby stare at me: Satan is my friend. He’s warm and red and doesn’t mind that I watch gay porn!
Comment 30 in reference to Ben beating temptation. Yes, MB is a perv: Actually Ben, you didn’t “beat” it at all :P
Comment 39 in reference to Ben and Shirley stealing kissing between classes: GASP! KISSING IS THE DEVIL’S WORK! IT LEADS TO TINGLING IN THE NAUGHTY BITS!
Comment 42 in reference to 'therapy' to cure being gay: Maybe he’ll meet Jazz! (Jazz is my fav character in her story Tears of A Clown
Comment 44 in reference to Eric shifting. I kinda felt like I was being scolded: Heh again with bugs! If you take out some of the others, this one can stay :P
I think you get the idea. Never before had I been quite eager to see a note. My mood was definitely lightened. I laughed the whole time, even while considering the more serious notes. MB, I am so kidnapping you and putting you in my closet. =D
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