There are a lot of words in the English language that can strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest of men and women.
Two are renovations and editing.
We are currently deep in the first and it’s running something like this:
Firstly, we are updating the ensuite, and this has been relatively painless.
Secondly, we are fixing up the outside of the house. The intention was to put in a retaining wall and build a stone garden with succulents.
Ah, the best-laid plans!
This led to, let’s render the walls, get rid of the unsightly bricks.
But before that, we need to repaint the roof an appropriate colour to match the walls.
Got the roof done, got the walls rendered.
Now we need a carport. Fine.
Back to the garden, and so on, and so forth. Much is still to be done.
It’s like editing, a chore that I’m beginning to like less and less because it’s taking on the dimensions of a renovation.
It isn’t a matter of correcting spelling mistakes, sentence structure errors, or badly place punctuation.
It’sd a matter of weeding out the superfluous text, cutting and more cutting, taking out anything that does not propel the story to a logical and unexpected end, let alone having to rewrite at the beginning because of an afterthought later on.
Starting to sound like the garden, rendering, roof scenario?
It’s harder editing than writing.
So many words, so much brilliance, ending up on the cutting room floor.
Perhaps it’s time to go back to the renovations. They seem more fun than editing.