It’s a funny thing about writing….  I don’t know if other people experience this.  I will write something, and come up with a super-spectacular sentence (or paragraph or phrase)– maybe something super thoughtful, or super colorful or super flamboyant, or some totally rockorzz cool  ending. 

Then I will go through my editing phase.  I’ll chop away at everything else, but leave this one bit of self-proclaimed genius completely raw so it can sit there and shake the world to bits.

I’ll keep chopping and chopping and trying to make the piece work.  Finally, way down the line, I’ll find myself face to face with the reality that the article or story is warped and shallow, and the reason is because of that one, stupid, over-emotional, over-written, over-dramatized, over-described piece of dribble that I was so completely head-over-heels in love with.  I do away with what I’d been desperately and irrationally holding onto for so many edits, and all of a sudden the rest of the piece relaxes and stops struggling with me.

I can’t even count the times this has happened to me.  It’s the whole “paradigm shift” thing that The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People talks about.  My mind gets into a mental block of thinking that the entire article should revolve around the brilliance of this one sentence.  Once I’m able to let go of the sentence, my head does a paradigm shift, and I’m able to see the article for something completely different.  It becomes much less focused on trying to manipulate the reader’s reactions and much more focused on conveying the story.