Surviving Edits

medium_6142102790I’m not sure if I’m the right one to give advice on this topic, especially since I’m in the middle of editing a string of novels and feel like I’m going insane. Like the picture above, I look calm on the surface, but underneath I’m screaming!

The hardest part for me is balancing my “real” life with the edits. My kid still needs me, I need to keep going to work, and most importantly, I need to maintain my relationship with my husband. Plus, living in the US, I’m in middle of the holiday season.

For me, I need to make time for everything. There really isn’t enough hours in a day to do everything and catch eight hours sleep. Scheduling time is a must. Be strict on yourself. Set aside certain hours a day to do the editing. I use the afternoon nap as my main time to do work. 2-2 1/2 hours to knuckle down and focus. That doesn’t mean spend half the time on social media, which is extremely tempting to do since it’s just one click away! I’ll often close it all down so I’m not distracted, and anything important will come through on my phone.

I’m also lucky enough to have a husband who supports me. When I’m behind on my deadline, he will take our little sweet thing and let me work.

I also only do one thing as a time. Like right now, I have lined my manuscripts up in order of urgency and am only doing one at a time. Don’t overload your plate. I’ve also cut back on excess activities, and even my acquisitions work. It means some things get neglected, and my hubby gets the wonderful opportunity of doing more dishes, but as long as things stay organised, I think we are doing okay.

So, I guess there’s no big secret. Just old fashioned structure and self discipline. It won’t kill you, literally anyway, and eventually you will get it done. Maintain your sleeping habits, structure your day and you’ll survive.


Katie Teller

Katie Teller is a writer of NA fiction. Her debut, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, is now available. You can find out more about Katie and the Kiya trilogy, on twitterfacebook or at her own blog.


photo credit: Ashley Campbell Photography via photopin cc


    1. It’s so hard! Especially as a mother when you’re juggling a million things at once on a daily basis. But that fact makes one thing at a time more important.



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