When My Eyes Bleed

by RS on April 17, 2011

Bleeding Eyes Courtesy of Flickr

The meaning of this post’s title is twofold. In preparing all the HAND/EYE articles for this coming Thursday, I realized  I would have to invest some time in editing one article on Kota Doria. This fabric is used for sarees and other garment pieces. What’s unique about the khat weave (a checkered pattern) is that it renders the fabric almost translucent.  The problem with the article was that a good chunk of the copy had to be reorganized, rewritten and then edited.

I discovered that the author seemed to have little experience in research and then applying what she learned to write a concise and informative piece. I had to take her almost 3,000 word article and cut, reorder, do my own research on the topic and rewrite the damn thing. For the editing process I’ve gotten pretty quick in turning articles around because I know what our readers want to see and can make a quick addition or two. Bur when you have to write the entire piece on an unfamiliar topic and discover that much of the research is taken from outdated multiple sources that’s when the headache starts and little tears of blood appear in the corner of your eyes.

After spending eight hours of working on it, crying that I wouldn’t find the needed information to make it seem fresher, and dreading the moment my fearless editor would find something terribly wrong with it, I was relieved to see that one sentence needed to be reworded and Keith did that for me (sometimes he makes me use my brain a little more).

Now that I’m able to enjoy the rest of my weekend, I plan to edit more of Julius, write my 1,000 words, and read Atlas Shrugged. That’s where the second part of the title comes into play. After my hemorrhaging  tear ducts finally clotted, why would I put myself through the misery of reading Ayn Rand? For Julius, and to help me strengthen my eventual query to agents.  Not seeing the connection? Plainly put, Julius is the anti-Atlas Shrugged and I’m using  it as a point of reference because one character is an avid fan of the lady’s view point.

And now to write that chapter about the FBI and Homeland Security…

 

1 comments
Edwin D Ferretti III
Edwin D Ferretti III

Hello Rebeca,

I spent last night correcting a problem I self introduced into my second manuscript. A week ago I found a properties box in my Word 2007 program. Fooling around with it I clicked on OK and suddenly every last “and” in a sentence had a comma behind it. I spent the remainder of last night and into the wee hours of the morning editing and getting rid of those pesky commas. I had to stop when my eyes blurred and will finish the remaining chapters this afternoon.
I am a historian and love to research ideas for my novel. My books are filled with ancient Egyptian mythology. To maintain currency I joined several professional archeology sites, reading every post and topic with a pen in one hand and notepaper in the other. Consequently I have incorporated material that is only months old and being released to the public now. In my writing as well as yours it is important that the research behind an article/book be as accurate and current as possible. It tells the reader that this writer has done his/her homework and they are reading the newest information.

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