Despite my best intentions simply reading Voice of a Silent Fugitive the way any other reader would, I keep on finding myself editing it.
This word could be tweaked, that sentence would make more sense if I turned it backward. If the sentence doesn’t make perfect sense at first glance, and the narrative doesn’t guide my train of thought along a smooth, seamless track, it has to be adjusted.
Maybe being short on sleep actually helps that way. I’ve gotten into a bad habit of not going to bed on time, so the reduced mental capacity probably means that if what I’m writing makes sense to me even when I’m in that state, it’ll be a smooth, easy read for absolutely everybody else.
Or maybe that’s just the delusion that tired people tend to have. I hear people who are short on sleep think they’re doing better at math tests than their rested peers do, when they’re actually doing worse. Heaven help me.
If nothing else, I should get a really clear, smooth-flowing story out of it. Gotta stay positive.
Have you ever had that experience, where you created something and just couldn’t stop tweaking it? Share your story in the comments below.