Monday, April 24, 2006

Revising sucks

Whenever I set myself to the task of revising a paper or article, I always think of that opening scene in Glengarry Glen Ross when Alec Baldwin comes into the real estate office and harrangues the staff with an expletive-strewn pep talk whose bottom line is "A-B-C! Always Be Closing!" And at one points shouts at Jack Lemmon, who's gone to get himself a cup of coffee: "Put the coffee down! Coffee is for closers!"

Yup. I don't get any coffee. Because it takes me forever to close. Because I hate revisions with the white-hot intensity of a thousand stars.

Of course, part of it is just the annoyance that only I seem to recognize my own brilliance and that what I write should be accepted unvarnished with fanfare and palm leaves strewn on the ground before.

I am SO misunderstood in my own time.

Grr. Argh. Back to the revisions.


Lesley said...

I never liked revisions myself. And what's worse, at least when they started they were in red pen or marker. Now we have to deal with Track Changes in word--different colours for different people. Sigh...if only everyone understood sheer brilliance, then we wouldn't have to endure revisions.

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