Life in progress

Ah, a weekend to edit


As a writer I need time to myself. I need the opportunity to be able to think and imagine without distraction. I have to say it’s even more difficult now that I’m working on the second draft of my novel; the writing, when I was fully into it, could sometimes be done even amidst the chaos that is my children.

Every other weekend, typically, I have this time alone when the children are with their father. What I think annoys me the most is that it takes me a day to simply wind down from the twelve previous days I’ve had to take care of them. They leave on Friday night, but it’s usually not until sometime late Saturday afternoon that I am in a state of mind where I can sit and concentrate.

So why am I not working on it now? I’m coming up to a major edit and this post has been bothering me, niggling in my brain to be written.ย  This is me, getting it over and done with. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

I also wanted to say that, writing a novel makes me feel a bit like this guy:

The Eye, by David Altmejd

The Eye, by David Altmejd

Disturbing, isn’t he? I found him at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal two weekends ago. The hands are my characters, wrapping themselves around my brain and wanting to get out; the hole is the feeling I have as I pour forth my entire being into my writing, onto the pages.

I hope my writing talent is worthy of such sentiment. If it is, I’m sure to be successful.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

19 thoughts on “Ah, a weekend to edit

  1. Major rewrites are no fun. Good luck!


  2. This datum should speed up your getting into the mood for writing: “Space is a viewpoint of dimension.” If you know what viewpoint you held when you were last writing, you can re-assume it quickly and get busy writing in a snap. The quote comes from one of the most prolific writers of all time, L. Ron Hubbard.


    • It’s true. I tend to lose more momentum the longer I leave my writing aside. I need more stick-with-it-ness! Thanks for the quote ๐Ÿ™‚


      • LindaGHill, momentum begins the second you type or write a word followed by another. To groove in fast after a break, assume the same viewpoint of one of your characters you wrote about… and watch the magic happen!

        P.S. Mt forthcoming biography of the late Chef Tell was written with at least 22 drafts over 22 months.


  3. I am pleased to inform you… I have nominated you for the Shine On Award.
    You inspire me… thank you for sharing yourself and your experiences through your blog.


  4. Just believe in yourself Linda you have the talent you have proved that . Just let it shine!


  5. You will do great! You are a steady influence on me. All my children are out on their own. I am still trying to catch up with who is me. Your writing is a breath of air for me on a daily basis. So the tougher stuff, and ugh, the editing, will be tackled by a creative mind. I can hardly wait to see your finished results. Go commune with Nosehairs, he might help clear your energies for the task at hand.


  6. Good luck with your editing. I’ve used morning exercise while daydreaming to focus and unwind.


  7. As Tim Curry said, “Just do it.”


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