Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I've spent the past several days editing my new MS and I wish I could say I got a lot done. Too bad. I'm only about forty pages in. That's what you get when you write like I do.

My first drafts tend to be on the short side. They're basically summaries with dialogue. But that's the way I have to do it if I ever want to write a book. But it got me wondering if I'm the only one who writes that way. Seriously, I have to do a page insert every other paragraph because I've thought of something else I forgot to put in. It's kind of exhausting. But at the same time... really cool.

In some ways editing is my favorite part of the entire process. I mean, you have these words in front of you and you read them over and then say, now how can I make this better? It's like an artist adding detail. All those finishing touches is what makes the story believeable. Or more importantly-to me anyway-the characters more believable. I'll admit I'm not the greatest self editor in the world, but I can see my story growing, developing into something better.

Seriously, who doesn't like to make things better?

1 comment:

Jules said...

That is exactly me. I'm glad to here I'm not alone. I just hope when I start editing I can enter 'pages' instead of just a few paragraphs.