Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Whatever Editing Doesn't Kill You, Makes Your Book Stronger...

Since I'm still deep in the throes of editing, I've decided you might as well suffer along with me.  With that thought in mind, I'm writing another editing-related post.

    As far as I know, nobody likes revision.  I mean, chopping up your manuscript and stitching it back together again isn't exactly most people's idea of a fun time.  But somehow -- and maybe it's all just warped my brain or something -- I don't really mind editing.

   Okay, so my brain's definitely been warped.  Let me explain myself, though.

    I really love every part of the writing process, and I figure all writers do.  Obviously, it's not all fun -- I don't actively enjoy editing.  But I do enjoy the results: a tighter, healthier, more reader/agent-friendly manuscript. 

    The same can be said for outlining, which I really need to get better at.  (In fact, after I've got my huge sweep-through edits done, I'm going to have to sit down and figure out the official game plan for book two.  If I'd only done that for the first book, I wouldn't be having these editing woes right now.  Ah well.)

    So really, I think it all works out for the best.  Time consuming, maybe, and a total headache, but definitely worth it.  But what about you?  Any thoughts?


Natalie Aguirre said...

Actually I've been revising for so long that I don't mind it. But I'm with you on having a better game plan at the start so I don't have to edit so much. Great post.

Beth said...

I found your blog via Literary Rambles. Editing can be a bit boring, but it's all about making the manuscript tighter. So in a way, I don't mind it at all!

Nick Sanford said...

Cool, nice to meet you! I found your blog via Literary Rambles as well (which is super duper awesome). Looking forward to reading future posts! I just started a new writing blog as well. You should be my friend. . .I will send you telepathic hugs if you follow me.

IanBontems said...

I wandered over here from Lit Rambles, too. I'm also stuck in that pot-hole of editing my first draft.
Great post. I love the end results each round of editing gives, but some days it feels like a pretty BIG job. :)

Laurie Starkey said...

I have a list of “to do's” I use for each book, things I've learned by listening to other writers and paying attention to their critiques of my work. I scan through that list, chapter by chapter, and then work through the plot outline, character developing, plausibility and pace.

After a few reads I’m amazed how much tighter and more succinct the novel is. Then I throw it to the wolves - my favorite critters and they tear it up! I make the adjustments that I think best fit my idea of the novel, while working to not lose my voice in the story and WHOOP! Even better and I only go through about a fifth of vodka during the whole process. Just kidding!

Great background for your blog - Good luck and keep it up - your efforts will pay off!

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm visiting from Literary Rambles. Printing out is the last thing I do when I think the manuscript is done. It's amazing what we can catch on a literal page vs. a virtual one.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

As frustrating as it can be, I love the editing process. That's when the book really comes together, when I get to know my characters like best friends instead of just my children. Good luck!

Casey sent me your way ;)

Jenna said...

Generally, I agree with what you guys said -- it can get tedious, and it's not exactly thrilling, but editing isn't so bad.
Thanks for the comments and stopping by!