I've been knee-deep in edits and revisions as of late. Sometimes it seems like I can't get away from editing. I had one person say to me, well, if you wrote it right the first time, then you wouldn't have to edit.
Ah, to be young.
Trust me. I'd love to just write it correctly the first time and get it done with. I mean, we all want to have the right idea, right?
But then again, we'd all be perfect and that would be uncivilized...I mean, boring.
Which is what brings me to the "duh" moment. I was working with a CP who I swear has a LOT of patience with me and she kept saying all these fantastic craft terms. I mean writing craft. Like, "this is their 'dance' moment."
I'll be the first to admit, I write and go with my guts. Sure, I edit, but I've never sat down and taken a writing craft class. I wrote what seemed like countless lesson plans and more than too many research papers. I know the mechanics of writings. But let me tell you. Writing a romance novel or short story is NOTHING like writing a research paper. Think you know the mechanics? That's half the battle. Got a great idea? Fine, but if you don't have the tools to refine it, then you've got a rough, but cool idea.
Now, I'm not completely foolish, but when she mentioned what I relayed above, I was dumbstruck. I mean, sheesh. I thought I knew this stuff. I had no idea.
Duh, to me.
I'm still learning. Trust me. I'm not the most learned author and I'm willing to sponge whatever info I can to make my work better.
See? We're all not perfect and that's fine as long as we're willing to grow and learn. I am.