It’s been three days since I first stated that I would begin working on a chapter at a time on my lunch break, and already I have completed my revisions of chapter one. Now, that’s not anything amazing because prior to this assignment I had edited the shit out of it. This is just another once over.
I took some advice and printed out the entire chapter and began with reading it over and marking my edits. And though I had my doubts that seeing it on paper would be any different than seeing it on a screen I was proven wrong, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s almost like I have two very different personalities while looking at a screen and looking at a printed document. While at a computer I am the writer, splashing my thoughts into text and seeing where my images take me. But looking at it in black and white on a crisp sheet of paper I was Mr. Critique and approached my project with the same attitude I give to anyone who happens to hand me their work and wants notes. I was harsh but fair all at the same.
After finishing up with my handy pen work (I have to note that it looked like I took a razor blade to my paper and it was bleeding) I spent my lunch entering my changes. The feeling of accomplishment is truly surprising. I’ve only finished one chapter, but the fact that I stuck to it and achieved my goal is where my pride resides.
On to chapter two!