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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Anal Endings

I'm too anal when I edit. I realize this now, and you know, it's a pretty big self-revelation.

I'm in a Starbucks, across from work, editing. I was working on a scene that was broken up by a huge expository bit that I just deleted.

And I realized, right then, that I tend to edit each scene in a vacuum. When I'm there, editing, I drop into the moment and forget about the whole.

And that's not good.

Even when I'm doing a developmental type edit, I drop out of the whole and into the hole, and then attempt to edit my way up and out.

Maybe realization will set me free.

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