Deadline Schmedline – Me vs.The Editing Witch


If you read my post Staring At the Finish Line… over a month ago and if you have a good memory you will remember that I gave myself a deadline.
Well, a month has passed and I haven’t finished yet (you don’t look surprised). Yes February was a slow month but I shouldn’t be making excuses considering I was even given an extra day by the Gregorian Calendar.

The good news though, is that all of my stories except one have gone through the second draft phase. But of course we all know that it doesn’t end with the second draft now, does it? I seem to have forgotten this fact a month ago. So God knows when I will actually be finished. I’m not giving myself another deadline this time but I will keep you posted on my progress.

My Status Chart. I can be organised if I want to.

I know I complain a lot about editing (and I’m not changing my stance, it’s still a schlep) but I recently came across a writer named Beth Hill who has this truly awesome blog for writers and editors.
She dispenses great advice without overwhelming you. I strongly recommend her site. My favourite post is Creative Genius vs. Editing Witch. I found it very relevant and apt. Go check it out!

Happy Writing(/Editing)!

NM 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Deadline Schmedline – Me vs.The Editing Witch

  1. beckyday6 says:

    Haha not to worry Nisha you hardly moan at all, not compared to a lot of people I know! (Besides, if you can’t moan on your own blog where can ya moan? :P) It sounds like you’ve made some great progress so congrats, be proud of yourself! 🙂
    I know I personally find it really interesting to hear about your editing process, it’s not something I’ve had the pleasure of doing yet but I probably will sometime in the near future as I’m planning to try and take up writing again, so any insight it helpful! Of course, for me to get to the editing stage I would actually have to have written the story first….. :/ *sigh*
    Thanks for the blog suggestion, I’ll be checking that out 🙂

    • Nisha says:

      Hey thats true! I forgot what the purpose of a blog was! Ha ha!

      I hardly consider myself an expert so I would feel quite apprehensive if I knew you were taking tips from me, lol, but so happy that you are considering writing again. We can whinge and moan about editing together! Yay!!!! 🙂

  2. jenniferneri says:

    Good luck, Hope it goes well.

    My own latest deadline passed by me months ago. I’ve realized I have no idea when I’ll be done at this point, and I’m finally ok with that. On most days.

    • Nisha says:

      I know exactly what you are talking about Jennifer! I guess I’ve reached that stage too. Good luck with your editing too, and don’t worry we’re in this together. 😉

  3. mj monaghan says:

    Wow, I think you’re very organized, Nisha. Keep up the great work, and thanks for the link to the writing tips! mj

    • Nisha says:

      I can be when I want to, Lol, but that’s not me usually, trust me. Ha ha! 😉 Thanks for your encouragement MJ and hope you enjoy Beth’s blog. 🙂

  4. nelle says:

    You’re making progress and making me smile… it will all be worth it in the end. I’m going to have to figure out cyber-hypnosis and turn you into an editing aficionado. 😉

    • Nisha says:

      So glad you’re proud of me and I know it will be worth it in the end. I can actually picture you in a high-tech laboratory wearing a lab-coat and working on a formula for cyber hypnosis, ha ha ha ha!!! 😀

  5. Beth says:

    Nisha, thanks for the shout-out. Several of your readers stopped by. I’m glad you found something useful and timely.

    • Nisha says:

      Wow, thank you Beth, I didn’t expect this, thanks for stopping by! I’m more in shock at the thought that people actually listen to me and take my advice ha ha!!! I’m glad my readers did so, you deserve the recognition. I stumbled across your post at a point when I was feeling overwhelmed and confused about all the ‘advice’I was reading and it immediately lifted my spirits, so thank you! 🙂

  6. trixfred30 says:

    At least you’ve got some good organisation going on there by the look of it!

  7. Barb says:

    I finally stopped setting deadlines, and I’m one happy camper. I simply put my tush in the chair and try to keep it there, every day for at least 4 hours, writing. For me the best editing has come when I put the piece in a drawer and let it percolate for a month. I also use a Dragon reader which reads the writing to me. It’s amazing how many errors I don’t see, but I can hear. Good luck, keep your bum in the chair and it’ll happen, because you’ve got the determination.

    • Nisha says:

      I admire your discipline Barb-it’s difficult for me to sit still for too long Editing is a weird process though-because there is no concrete ‘end’, there’s always something you can do to improve your story. That for me will be a challenge: knowing when to stop and knowing when my stories would be considered ‘readable’.
      Thanks for your support Barb, means a lot! 🙂

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