Author Stacey Rourke

Friday, September 24, 2010


I have recently learned of a disability I have. For those of you that know me it is not my inability to cook or my bladder failure every time I see a snake. Those disabilities I already knew about. It is a difficulty I have discovered when I edit.

There are some writers that can juggle numerous works in progress at the same time. They spend a little time on this poem, then jump over to this short story and then transition smoothly to the novel they are penning. I can't do that. Yes, I may have loads of story ideas floating around in my head but I can only concentrate on one of them at a time. I have to see one character's story through before I can start up with another. I'm loyal that way.

When it comes to writing this isn't a problem. With editing it is. Come to find out my one track mind also plays into my editing. If I am editing for content I can only see content issues. If I am editing for dialogue I can only see dialogue. That means editing that should only take three or four rounds of careful scouring is taking me about a dozen. Pain in the boo-tay!! Much like anything with writing I know it will just take practice, in the meantime I'm going cross-eyed from reading and rereading and rereading and rereading, etc, etc...

It'll all be worth it in the end. Now where's the Tylenol?


  1. Keep those positive thoughts about how it will be worth it in the end! You can do it!

  2. Hang in there woman! I am very excited for the next edition!