Lately I spend my days in the editing and rewriting process. I never realized how much work is involved after you think you've done all the work. I wrote the book, sent a sample to a professional editor who gave me suggestions on improving it before I sent it to her for a final edit. Now that she has professionally edited it I have to go back and rework it to make sure it is tighter, stronger, and less repetitive, etc., etc., etc. It is an enormous undertaking. It took me a year to write the book and I have been editing for six months and think I'm only half-way done. However, I do think it will be worth it in the end.
Okay on to my moment. I have my manuscript on the computer and a hard-copy with the line-by-line editing next to the computer. When checking for things like repetitive words, I use the locate program and find all the same of one word. I then go page by page on the computer, while referring to the edited version. The page numbers are no longer the same because I have cut and changed so much since receiving the edited hard-copy back, and they are double-spaced so don't be afraid of the amount of pages. Today I was specifically looking for the word "told" to make sure it doesn't appear too many times on a page, like said, it is impossible not to use it, but I try. I have my pile next to me and it is 476 pages. I see that on the computer I need to look at page 253 of the hard-copy, which may or may not be the exact page I need, but I always start with the exact number and move on from there. The manuscript is open to some number in the 200's. I grab a stack of pages from the top to flip over and I have picked up the exact amount of pages to be on page 253. This surprises me and I say, "Wow, a synchronicity moment." I write down the page number so I can remember it and continue working. About ten minutes later I am looking for page 438 and guess what? That's right, I open the stack to the exact number of 438. Very cool and bizarre that it happened twice. I wonder what this is trying to tell me. I do promise the book will not be 476 pages long.
Have a happy Monday and write down your synchronicity moments.