Thus it began. The writing process can be frustrating when you don’t see your own mistakes. Sorta like life. Sometimes we listen to what others say about what’s going on in our life. Sometimes we ignore them, as of course they are wrong.
I sent out my manuscript, I AM A TREE to Beta readers to help me know what needs working on and they all mentioned the past and present tense issue. I keep trying to correct it but it keeps popping up in my writing. I wish I could just say,”Whoosh. Be gone nemesis in editing!!”
It’s like if you can smell your own underarm odor most often others can too. Actually our noses, ( I think I remember reading this somewhere scientifically so maybe its true), doesn’t register our own body smell because it smells normal to us. So if we constantly ate garlic we don’t know that our underarms reek of sulpforish stuff. But if you add anther strong smell to the mix then your nose starts to notice the smell. Secretly you hope others don’t smell it, though. Thinking, maybe it’s not that bad. Others of course can smell you a mile a way!
Editing a story is like that. So then you learn patience. You learn to pause when reading each sentence you have written. Sometimes you will still not see the issue that needs fixing. Sometimes you ignore it and ask others to read the story to see if they actually see it too. And of course they do.
It’s OK that I’m going to stink sometimes for maybe that smell isn’t too bad. And others are not as repulsed by it as I think. They are willing to help me work through it. Cause, really, what it comes down to is we all have our own smells. We all have our own issues when it comes to editing.
Being creative can be hard if we keep trying to be perfect at what we do. When we accept the challenge of growth we learn that being creative is about living in the moment with the mistakes and letting them go. One day you will look back and realize that the challenge you had before isn’t as challenging as you thought. Maybe it’s cause you asked for help. And you accepted it and listened to the supportive people.
It’s not always the case that others know best. For sometimes their noses are wrong as well. When both of you are smelling the same stench though, maybe it’s a true thing for you to notice. But it’s up to you to fix it if you want to.