I Do Like to Set Things On Fire

Posted on 13/06/2013 by


I have around a quarter of the book left to edit at this point and my sidebar is full of these weird sarcastic notes to self. Last week when I was sick I wasn’t really focusing clearly enough to want to mess with the text so I just flipped through it and made comments. That’s generally what I do when I’m tired or sick or just generally doubting myself. Then when I come back to it I get to give myself a second opinion. Occasionally that opinion is, What fun house mirror were you staring into that made that make sense?

Little monkey stands in front of a fun house mirror that makes him appear big and strong

Mostly though it just speeds up the editorial process because I’ve done the nitty-gritty boring stuff and I just have to fill in the blanks and address the parts that need a more creative approach.

But apparently there is a point of no-sleep-I-can’t-sleep-what-is-this-sleep-thing-you-speak-of where I get really, really sarcastic. I realised I’d dropped into a habit of using a particular phrase and I apparently went through the text becoming more and more critical with each instance of it I found until the comments are basically me rolling my eyes at myself and saying, You know what you did. No, really. One of the notes actually says that.

Happily, though, at this point most of the notes that are left are conceptual ideas linking things to potential future books and a litany of, cut, cut, cut?, cut, CUT.

There’s also a treatise on the psychology of my main characters and in one place a list of synonyms for the word ‘scorch’. I’m not entirely sure why I thought I needed that, but I’m sure it’ll come in handy. I do like to set things on fire.