How self-referential can you get? If you write about writing, you can get pretty damn self-referential.
I leave notes to myself all over the page when I write as well as when I edit other people’s work. Notes to myself are written in all caps so they stand out and I appear to be yelling at myself.
I am yelling at myself, not because I think I suck all the time, but because I hope the yell will capture the fierceness of my desire to get it better next time, to explain it correctly, to find the right place for that kick-ass but dreadfully misplaced line.
My queries range from EXPLAIN OR MOVE to MORE to WRITE THIS BETTER to the more measured “Possibly cut” and the less-measured “Gah” or “What the fuck am I trying to say here?” But the Author Query to Self of the day for yesterday was:
Cut “for a poem”? Does anyone really care?
Does anyone care? What notes do you leave for yourself?