I write. Sometimes I write well.
I am a 4.0 student in a well-respected writing program.
I edit. Most of the time, I edit well.
I even earn a few bucks here and there editing academic papers.
Nothing makes me crazier than when “there” family went “their”…. and God bless those with run-on sentences, dangling modifiers and passive voice. You may have survived 2012, but Darwin’s theory will eventually secure your fate.
However, it is now day four of DreamsinAlaska and it appears that my ability to write a blog while avoiding amateur writing mistakes may be non-existent. When I write academic papers, I edit over days and I always allow one good sleep before a final submission. I began this blog with one primary goal: to develop and nourish discipline as a writer. As a card-carrying member of Perfectionist Anonymous, I’ve had to make a choice, and I’ve decided that putting words on paper, is more important at this point in the “figure your life out through blogging” journey, than allowing myself to freeze frame in that of OCD Edit Freak.
Dr. B.A., therapist extraordinaire (you may call her Dr. Bad Ass) has said I spend entirely too much time deferring and making excuses for problem A, to avoid dealing with problem B. OCD Edit Freak will spend all of her time obsessing over comma usage (problem A), thereby not writing (problem B).
After careful consideration, it’s apparent that OCD Edit Freak must be voted off the island.
So…please accept this pre-disclosure of my priority (and something very new for me). I will of course, give each post the quick pre-publish glance it deserves (knowing with certainty that there will be numerous things I will find later that will make my roll my eyes, cause anxiety and make me question my abilities as a writer), but I am consciously (and with the support of professional help..haha!) not going to allow myself to get caught up in the pesky dilemma of spending more time editing than writing. This is not the Great American Novel and if it was, I would have the great American editor cleaning it up…