The writing life – editing (or a lingering death)

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After a quick trip to the West side – celebrating Independence Day with family and drinking in the sights and sounds of exploding fireworks reflecting and echoing over the Willamette River – it’s back to editing my manuscript.

To me the details of editing are like experiencing a lingering death.

Is it pummel or pommel? Should army be capitalized or lower case? Sandbar, one word or two? And what about dryland, peace-loving and bullwhip? Two words? Hyphen? One word? At this point everything has a question mark. And plurals are the worst because my eyes see an “s” even if one isn’t there.

What I would really like to do is grab a few gallons of primary colors, a big roller and paint a damn billboard . . .

Who is the girl wearing nothing but a smile

And a towel in the picture on the billboard in the field near the big old highway

Rolling down the highway in my Jimmy hauling freight

From Chicago to St Louis Lord I see her every day

A double clutching weasel like me can hardly ever get a girl to look at him that way

SMILING like the girl wearing nothing but a smile

And a towel in the picture on the billboard in the field near the big old highway

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Rick Steber is an award winning writer of contemporary western stories. To find out more about his books, including non-fiction biographies and novels, audio books and DVDs visit his website:  Writing the West http://ricksteber.com

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One thought on “The writing life – editing (or a lingering death)

  1. Rick, You are my Hero Author and as a teacher in Klamath County for 36 years, I have shared your books with so many K-6 grade students. I am not certain who enjoyed these wonderful books more the students, or their teacher! Thanks for the amazing work you do so well and God be with you as you touch so many lives with a wealth of reading enjoyment!

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