When You're Working On a Book

When you're a writer, and you're working on a book, you dance. You edit to death, contemplating if the word "a" is stronger than "the" or if your first sentence is really good enough to grab attention. You spend hours reading over what you've written, tinkering with prepositions and not adding one speck of new content to the manuscript. You change the font to see if that will increase the total number of pages for a feeling of (false) progress. You practice elevator speeches so when friends ask if you're working on your next book, you can say with (false) writerly confidence , "as a matter of fact, I am..." The dance of a writer who is working on a book is anything but eloquent. It's tedious