Last night I edited both my novel and a My Way or the Anime post, and I was struck by the differences between the two.
Editing a blog post is easy. With a deadline close at hand, the incentives to stop screwing around and finish are high. The ephemeral nature of the format also means less editing is required. If I phrase something awkwardly in a blog post, that’s okay – there’ll be another one next week. The emphasis is on putting the work out there NOW. The fiddly bits aren’t as important.
Editing a novel, on the other hand, is very difficult. As an enduring work, any mistakes I make are harder to change; sure, I can edit the ebook version, but what if I ever print dead tree versions? Mistakes might as well be written in stone once they’re printed in a thousand books. Best to get it right the first time.
Motivation too, is harder to come by. It’s easy to edit a 1,000 word blog post, but a 150,000 word novel? That’s so daunting it makes it difficult to get started every single day.
Here’s the trick: though the blog post is easier, the novel is more important. Every blog post I ever write will disappear into obscurity, and fast, but a book? A unique story brought to life that could only come from my mind?
It’s hard, but it’s worth doing. The hard work usually is.As always, thank you for using my Amazon Affiliate link (info).