Authors and Memory


When I edit lots
My brain gets fried
And I forget things
Like (a) whether or not I had a coffee;
(b) What my name is;
(c) What the time is;
(d) Whether I stopped for that red light or not;
(e) What the name of this student in front of me is,
And (f) why I’m an author.

When I write,
My memory improves.
I remember point (f).


3 thoughts on “Authors and Memory

  1. Spec Fic Girl

    Yes! Thanks for this. When I edit a lot, my verbal communication suffers and I mix words up. During those times, I have to forewarn my spouse, “If I say ___, I really mean ___, okay?” Funny how all that concentrated focus on making the words perfect steals something away from us elsewhere.

    • Absolutely! Thanks for reblogging. Yes, I’m amazed at how drained I feel after a hard day of writing work. I have mental blanks at the most stupid moments. I go to say something and there’s just nothing there. So glad it’s not just me.

  2. Spec Fic Girl

    Reblogged this on Regine Allison Claire: Author of YA Fiction and commented:
    Yep. Editing can really suck the brain away from all those other things. Kind of like the last major round of edits I did: I kept calling cordon bleu”grilled cheese”… Ah, the fun. We’ll chalk it up to a necessary work hazard. 😉

    Having said that: thanks to all the spouses and loved ones who put up with it! It’s not always easy, I know.

    ♥ RAC

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