Tuesday Poems For Writers #Inspiration – Editing Hell!

Another poem inspired by Lucy of Blonde Write More! This time we tackle editing!

Editing Hell!

Another word for editing
Could be simply - HELL
It's not enough to write a book
You need to rewrite it as well!

Blood sweat and tears go
Into every word you write
And the rereading and rewriting
Eats into every night

Your story - finally complete
You happily type 'The End'
Until you find a plot hole
It drives you round the bend!

Your beta finds a typo
You quickly get it fixed
Now to send to your editor
Will your story have them bewitched?

"Hmmm, not too bad, but change that bit
And sort out your point of view
I'm not to sure about this arc..."
Jeez, my story'll read like new!

"It's not a lot, just scrap those words
And these chapters too.
Write this instead, add more pizazz."
Original words left - a few

Weeks or months spent unpicking things
And stitching together again
I'll win this battle with my book
And the war too, with my pen!

Finally complete, though
It's not the tale originally planned
Still, another step closer to my dream
Of holding my book in my hand

Ritu 2019

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Infiniti Writers
    May 03, 2019 @ 05:56:48

    Agreed editing really hell

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  2. Erika Kind
    Apr 17, 2019 @ 13:52:15

    Gosh, how I hear you, sis! Self-publishing is cool but a pain in the…!!

    Liked by 2 people


  3. Jennie
    Apr 17, 2019 @ 13:22:04

    Terrific, Ritu. So true!

    Liked by 2 people


  4. shelleywilson72
    Apr 17, 2019 @ 07:33:14

    I love this!

    Liked by 2 people


  5. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Apr 17, 2019 @ 00:09:57

    Who do you tell this, Ritu! But beautifully put into verse. You’re a real treasure.;-) Michael

    Liked by 2 people


  6. Vashti Q
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 23:11:33

    Hello, Ritu! Yes! Editing can be a pain in the arse for sure! Ha, ha! Editors don’t tell you what to write. They simply tell you about areas that are not clear or that are too wordy and other problems and then the writer has to figure out how to fix it. If your editor completely changes your story you’re in trouble. Loved your poem!😊💕

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  7. dornahainds
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 22:06:06

    That which does not promise pleasure certainly brings entertainment. 😉

    Liked by 3 people


  8. Lucy Mitchell
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 21:44:37

    This is GREAT!!!

    Liked by 3 people


  9. Bette A. Stevens
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 21:39:38

    Love it! 🙂 Sharing…

    Liked by 3 people


  10. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 14:41:16

    Can totally relate!

    Liked by 3 people


  11. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 14:35:44

    Fabulous poem (and message–the editing never stops), Ritu!

    Liked by 2 people


  12. syl65
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 13:26:39

    Editing is like toothache that comes and goes until you finally find the right remedy 😄

    Liked by 2 people


  13. Dan Antion
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 12:44:26

    Experience speaking loud and clear – nicely done.

    Liked by 2 people


  14. willowdot21
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 10:19:38

    Absolutely great Sis, though it makes me want to crawl back into bed.
    You will be a famous writer soon , your book most widely read 🤭💜💜💜💜

    Liked by 2 people


  15. robbiesinspiration
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 05:48:55

    Not an easy road, is it? I enjoy the developmental editing and my story has remained the same only better. It is a lot of work though.

    Liked by 2 people


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