The Editing Blues

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The Editing Blues

It’s editing time again
-what a lark!
I’ve mounds of paper to spare!
Print out the MS
-a walk in the park!
The paper has jammed- but where??

My hot pink editing pen
-oh so bright!
Has caught out that, and and but
Echoes of repeated words
-what a plight!
I’m certain I’ll have to cut

that beautiful, deathless prose
-what a bore!
Surely I’ve started to bleed!
There must be an easier way
-or four
to make this book fit to read!

Now it’s a badly formed sentence
boo hiss
I didn’t write that, I swear!
That ‘humorous’ dialogue?
-hit and miss
And shouldn’t that pair be pare?

Markups in hot pink
-all over the page!
I think there’s more pink than black!
My back is a wreck
-I’m sure that I’ve aged
And likely started to crack.

But there’s tea for the weary
-ah, what joy!
And doughnuts allay the stress
as my poor typing fingers
-I employ
To lay the edits to rest.

It’s not like that’s all there’s to do
-that pink
But it’s a milestone, yanno?
The changes are added to file
-just think!
‘Only’ the proofing to go!
(oh no!)

Have Pen, Will Edit
Have Pen, Will Edit

2 thought on “The Editing Blues”

  1. H.M. Goodchild September 29, 2015 at 5:38 pmEditReply

    Oh, all this is so, so familiar (she says, raising her head from a week’s solid revision and flexing her inkstained fingers). It’s all worth it in the end.

    • W.R.Gingell September 30, 2015 at 11:48 amEditReply

      Oh, it is 😀 If only to make sure that I don’t use the same word (or variations thereof) half a dozen times over a page….

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