Saturday, February 11, 2012

Editing beyond bedtime

I just got off another two chapters of Redemption to my editors.  :)  I've discovered that when I write or edit after bedtime, it's usually not a good thing.  I don't know why I continue to allow it to happen.

My cats are sitting here, anxiously awaiting the moment that I close the laptop--they've trained themselves that when this happens, the bedtime routine begins.  It includes a refill of their food bowls, so you can see why they have an interest in my writing habits.

I don't know why writing is a late night venture for me; there's something about the dark that gets me going, and something about exhaustion that lowers my inhibitions just enough.  Of course, I know I'll wake up tomorrow and have a horrible "what was I thinking" moment when I read what I wrote, but oh well.

That's what editors are for, right?  (Love you, editors.  I owe you coffee.)



  1. If I edit late at night I'll be wired and won't sleep, having story ideas until dawn. It just doesn't work. I make myself quit by about 5:30 each day. Got to set boundaries :D

  2. It's a good idea, J. R. My problem is less with the story ideas (as long as I have a notepad ready...otherwise I am up looking for a notepad, lol); my blunders are usually functional in nature. Epic misspellings. Calling characters by the wrong name. Resurrecting the dead. Cannibalism caused by missing commas.

    That sort of thing. ;)

    1. Oh no, confusing character names is the worst!