Wednesday, July 8.
Last night I finished an intensive deep edit on a friend’s manuscript. This edit was important to us both, and it took me more than two weeks of uninterrupted work time to finish. What a sigh of relief!
Editing for someone else can be scary, especially when we are friends. In the past I did it a lot, but then hard feelings erupted more often than not. These days, I only do deep edits for writers who are professional enough not to get bent out of shape by some tough critiques and suggestions.
It’s now time for me to move back to my own work.
I’m going to clean this house. I like to clean after intense, prolonged brain sessions. It’s relaxing. Besides, when writing/editing has me fully engaged at my desk, the dust bunnies get busy. Laundry multiplies. Things in the ‘fridge begin to grow fur. Bare feet stick to the floor. The rooms take on a “funny odor.” (And I don’t mean, funny-haha) Ew.
The great thing about cleaning is that it gives my little gray cells a chance to unwind, if they want to. Most of the time, they are stirring the stewpot of ideas always simmering in my head. That’s OK. I have plenty of paper and pens scattered around the house. I can jot down those ideas and get back to scrubbing and polishing.
So tell me, do you find mindless chores (cleaning, mowing the lawn, washing the car, etc.) tedious or relaxing? Necessary or needless?
And tell me this: have you ever done something good for someone only to have them resent it, perhaps even sever a friendship because of it?
Comment here. I’d love to hear from you.