Monday, July 8, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

What Ya Know Good? Or Bad? Or Quirky

Welcome back to another episode of Q&A with author Angela Brown from my The Good, The Bad, and The Quirky Facebook fun time with friends.

Here's another great question, this one from J. L. Campbell:

You inspire me in terms of your edits and the fact that you go to ground when you're in editing mode. How do you stay motivated to shut off the world and do what you have to do. I'm asking this from the perspective of a writer who's easily distracted.

Here's my answer:

Honestly, I have know (that should be NO lol!!!) true idea of the how behind doing it. I chat for a second with my Chipmunk so she can understand what Mommy is about to do for a few days then I turn my focus to my edits, though not to the complete exclusion of everything else. Sometimes, a slight interruption can be an inspiration for an edit-road-block

Here's the thing, if any of you had a chance to check out my IWSG post, then you also know Chipmunk and I reached a crossroads where having more of this kind of communication with her became much more vital to maintaining my publishing direction. Having her understand what I'm doing when I get in "tunnel vision" mode is extremely important to my ability to focus and to our relationship as mother and daughter.

So for you, what do you do to help with getting in "editing mode?"

24 comments:

Shelley Munro said...

Sigh, sometimes I want to tear my hair out when it comes to editing. When I start procrastinating, which I do a lot!, I take myself out to my favorite cafe and work there. I usually hit my stride that way and once I've started things usually work out okay.

Angela Brown said...

Procrastination is such a beast to deal with :-)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you and Chipmunk worked it out so she's okay with those times you go into your writing cave.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Natalie. That's an important factor.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I read every chapter like seven times before moving on to the next one. And when I'm done the whole book, I load it on my Kindle and read it there, making editing notes as I go. I return to the Word document, address all my notes -- and then I load it on my Kindle AGAIN and repeat!

By the time I've addressed the next set of notes, I am sick of it and ready to send it on to whoever needs to see it-- whether that is a beta reader, my agent, or an editor.

Angela Brown said...

That's a lot of read-throughs and editing. But it helps to make for the great writing that's gotten you agented and with a book deal, Dianne. That's writing for you :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wise of you to keep her in the loop. Communication is the secret to any successful relationship. I always let my wife know when I'm working on a project and why.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Staying focused is essential. Temptation is everywhere.

Gwen Gardner said...

Communication is key between you and Chipmunk - she should always know where you're coming from. I Still haven't figured out how to block everything out. Maybe when I'm not so displaced, I'll figure it out :)

Jessie Harrell said...

Great idea to have a convo with your kiddo. Smart woman!

Heather said...

Having that understanding and including her in the process like that is fantastic. I love it!

klahanie said...

Aha, of course, your "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary", post. Okay, ignore me! :)

Whenever I get distracted, when the temptation of getting up and going outside, I just do it and then come back with a fresh outlook. As for editing, I have a certain Jack Russell to help me out.

Sorry, but I'm going now :)

Your starstruck fan,

Gary

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I like to put my headphones in. Helps me drown out the world. My question for you is, how do you get so many followers on your blog?

Angela Brown said...

That's a very good point, Alex :-)

Angela Brown said...

OMG! It is all over and around lol!

*shakes fist at ALL that temptation*

Angela Brown said...

There are so many things to give you less of a sense of balance so it's understandable, Gwen. I agree, once you get that feeling of settlement, more of the old habits will kick back in :-)

Angela Brown said...

I have some of those smart moments...if only I could have so many more lol!!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Heather. :-)

Angela Brown said...

Gary, my bud! Yes, I did refer back to IWSG :-)

Angela Brown said...

How do I get so many followers? I would love to say it has everything to do with my wit and sparkling charm, but the truth is that I've been getting rather lucky of late in the followers regards. I'm so thankful to each and everyone that has decided to pull up a chair, grab a cup of lemonade and chillax for a while with me here :-)

Anonymous said...

Step away from the internet...LOL. So much easier said than done.

Julie Dao said...

So cute to let your beloved chipmunk know your game plan! I'm sure she is very supportive of mommy. Focusing can be tough sometimes... I know music helps me keep my mind on the story.

Nadja Notariani said...

That is so great your Chipmunk gets *on-board* with your writing! I know my boys' support and help means so very much. It's the difference between being able to continue writing and only being able to handle the day-job. For as immature as boys can be (Oh! The Stories I can Tell!!!), they show a great deal of respect for my *writing time*. (...and I cannot deny that PS3 aids my cause. I only allow them PS3 time when I head into Nadja's World to write.)
Hmmm... I think this will be a good blog topic! Gee, thanks, Angela! Commenting here gave me a fun post idea. :}

Hope you are having a great week. Tomorrow is my Monday...back to the day-job. lol.

Charlie Holmberg said...

So glad you have a strong relationship with your daughter. She must be proud of her mommy. :)

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