The three stages of editing your first draft – warning, there will be cats

Based on my current experience, I think there are three main emotional stages to the (first draft) editing process, and this is what we look like while going through them:

  1. CONFIDENCE

At the beginning of the editing process you are confident in the face of all evil:

maru

Original source: http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com/

2. IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS

At some point, during the middle of the editing process, your nearest and dearest will enjoy taking photos of your descent into madness:

wet cat

Source: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/6341988/Wet-cats-have-a-splashing-time-under-the-tap.html

3. WHO AM I?

I’m afraid that after you finish editing your first draft, there are no feelings left at all, and you tend to look like this:

crazy cat

Source: http://theevilliouschronicles.wikia.com/wiki/File:Confused-cat.jpg

But then, one day, either a few minutes to a few years after you finishing editing your novel, you suddenly have another marvellous idea for a story…

cat-runs-into-a-wall-o

Good luck!!

For information about using other peoples images on your blog see: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/33098/How-Not-to-Steal-People-s-Content-on-the-Web.aspx

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  1. Ah…god…I laughed so hard! Thank you. I have cats too, although mine don’t do funny things, they just sit on my desk, right smack in the middle of the monitor. Such attention whores. 🙂 I, personally, am somewhere between stage 1 and stage 2 at the moment. Yes….

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    1. Hahah don’t you just love cats? They ALWAYS want to be in the middle of things. While you’re cooking, gardening, writing, wathching movies – they’ll be there, flicking their tails in your face, meowing for attention and jumping on the keyboard 🙂

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