I’m immersed in the editing process. I’ve joked with friends that before I begin I feel like yelling out, “If I don’t come back send someone in after me.” (Think snake tool for a plumber.) I’m not always a happy camper when I sit to hack away. And like everything else, it all comes back to my attitude.
My husband and I caught the tail end of Rush Hour 2 last night. When the movie ends you get to watch a dozen bloopers. One of the bloopers reminded me of the editing process. Jackie Chan dives under a barred bank safety area and the dimensions are nearly big enough to fit a small rat. His mission is to slide in between the space allotted. It took him several tries. It looked painful. But he kept at it and he eventually nailed the scene with gusto.
If I go at my MS with that same attitude (tenacity and blooper potential) I think the whole process could prove much more enjoyable. I need to keep two things in mind. I know what I’m doing. I’ve read enough about editing to kill a small horse (okay, not the best analogy but I really wanted to write that). Knowledge is power. I shan’t (wanted to write that too) be afraid of little ole editing. I’m a giant compared to my words (until those rare beautiful and mysterious moments when some words become giants in and of themselves). The next thing I have to remember is that editing is just another way to have a do-over or a second chance. Who would blow that off?
~~~I’ll take it because I’m smart enough to know that no one is perfect. However, Jackie Chan is ultra flexible.
What do you feel about the editing process and has your attitude about it changed for any reason?
*Happy Birthday to my husband
**photos by flickr
***I'll be over at To Live Beautiful later today