Okay. I’ve discovered something called ‘mood-editing’. That’s when you are working on a draft, but you happen to be in a particular mindset that day. It sort of infiltrates the pages you’re rewriting, but you might not notice it - until you come back to it a day or so later. That’s when you read it and think, ‘What the frack was I on? What happened to the simple goodness that was there before? Why is this section all amazingly the same in it’s weird level of fracked-upness?’
I won’t tell you what kind of mood-editing I was doing the other day, but I will tell you that it was probably a better idea to consciously snap out of it, or leave the manuscript well alone and do something appropriate to that mood. I don’t know… maybe crocheting one of those dollies that sits smugly on a toilet paper roll as if she’s ever-so-efficiently waiting to take a huge crap, would be my best guess.
Have you ever mood-edited? Have I perhaps done it now?