As I mentioned in my last post, I had imposed an extremely short deadline for a first edit on my book, In Between, determined to get it off my hard drive and into Becca’s hot little hands by the end of the week. Because I am a notorious fiddler, editing and revising is unbelievably painful and slow for me. My solution–a 10 minute time limit per chapter.
And the verdict?
High hopes, yes. Good intentions, oh my yes!
A complete and devistating failure? Um, yes to that one too.
Sadly, the Speed Date technique was not for me. Either that or someone meddled with my reality in the last few days, warping time itself so that ten minutes became mere seconds. At least, that’s what it felt like.
I fear folks, that I must embrace my fiddling. World, I AM A FIDDLER!
And it’s okay. 🙂
However, I believe that the Speed Date Technique did teach me to have stronger time management skills and showed me the importance of imposing deadlines and goals. I was much more productive in my revisions that I normally am, just knowing I was accountable to Becca. I didn’t waste time, I wasn’t derailed by little stuff. So, while the SDT doesn’t work for me, I still count it as a worthwhile experiment!
Lisa Poisso specializes in working with new and emerging authors. As a classically trained dancer, her approach to coaching and editing is grounded in form and technique as the doorway to freedom of movement on the page. Writers have referred to her Plot Accelerator/Story Incubator coaching as an indispensable “pre-edit in a bottle.” Find Lisa (and her industrious team of #45mphcouchpotato retired greyhounds) at LisaPoisso.com, and hop over to her Linktree to get her newsletter, download a free Manuscript Prep guide, and more.