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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Editing, Editing

It's part of a writers life. And sometimes it's fun. Sometimes it's so not. Sometimes when I get an MS back from a reader I get really excited about their comments and how great it's going to make the story. Sometimes when I delve into them I start feeling overwhelmed about how much work it's going to be.
Ask anyone who reads for me and they'll tell you I'm a needy sort of person. I like to be told exactly what the story needs. I'll email back and forth twelve different times hammering out ways to take care of the situation. I'm a hypocrite in so many ways because I always advise writers about how important it is to TRUST YOURSELF. And actually, mostly, I do. Sometimes. There's no denying that I'll breeze past a comment I don't agree with and then go back to it. Leave it there. Go back again. Ten more times before I decide I am right and delete. Still think about it.
This time, I'm having fun. The two people who read for me have great insight. I don't think I've ignored a suggestion yet because they're all spot on. I'm still worried about a lot of things. Editing is a bit nerve wracking for me. I know my three main characters need to connect more. Am I doing it? Would it work to pull a character from the second half of the book into the first half to foreshadow? Will it be believable? And the never ending list of how, how, how.
But I {love} the story.

For now. ;)

1 comment:

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with editing my own stuff. It's actually one of my favorite parts because it's when the aristry of writing comes out.


    You can only read a story so many times before you want to throw the whole thing in the trash bin just so you never have to see it again.

    Good luck with your edits. :)


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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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