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Today, I’m going to talk to you about not letting editing get the best of you. I know, it’s stressful sometimes. Believe me. I’ve been there.

Editing can definitely be stressful. Not wanting to go through your work, not wanting to type it all out again (if you choose to do so), not wanting to admit that the first draft needs to be changed…the list goes on and on. I know. I don’t really care for it either.

There are many, many stumbling blocks that can go along with editing. I’ve experienced them myself. I’d like to say that I handled them well, but unfortunately, that’s not the truth.

Like many others, I decided the best way to edit would be to print out my first draft and attack it with a red pen. I thought it would be so easy. It’s not. I go to an office store, and they can’t open the file because they don’t have the right equipment on the computer. Then they tried to pen it on me saying my flash drive is corrupted. Sorry, but that’s wrong. My flash drive is so not corrupted.

Yesterday, I decided to type my first draft (well, second, since I’m editing as I go along now) on the home computer. I had a hard time with that. I couldn’t find a word pad anywhere. No Microsoft Office, no Open Office, nothing. I even tried downloading a free document, but everything I tried came up as malware. I have no idea why. Let me tell you, I let it get the best of me then. I cried my eyes out!

Don’t handle editing as poorly as I have. I know, I’ve made several mistakes when it comes to editing already, and I’ve barely started. Don’t let it get the best of you. Take a deep breath, walk away, and come back to it when you’re calmer. You’ll feel better. Believe me on this.

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Keep the faith, writers. I believe in you all.