October 27th, 2005
Editing is my Friend

Now that I’ve finished both stories, I have come to the ‘hard’ part–editing. (Snort! Cause writing is so easy.) I’ve already started editing the first novella. I have a long way to go, but hope to finish today. Just call me an eternal optimist. (rolling eyes)

I’m one of those people who edit ‘in’ when I am going through a manuscript. I’ve actually cut 50 pages from a book and put back 75. On average I’d say I add at least 1500 words per story when I edit. Sometimes a lot more. I always seem to find places where information is missing. (That ‘thinking while typing’ thing is a challenge. 😉 Also, due to my aversion to writing heavy description (Okay, ANY description. I can’t help it that I’m allergic to it.), there are plenty of areas in need of word painting.

Even though I’m beyond sick of the stories, I actually don’t mind editing. Rewriting would freak me out, but editing, not so much. I like getting the chance to go in and change things. The problem I encounter is knowing when to stop. The OCD part of me kicks in when I edit and it ain’t pretty.

What part of the writing process are you compulsive about?

20 comments to “Editing is my Friend”

  1. I’m the same way– I always have to add information, rather than remove it. I never have enough description, motivation, and internal thoughts to begin with. I tend to write dialogue and basic action, then fill in the rest of the story later. I like editing… it’s fun to take a story that seems awful, work on it a few hours, and see it really begin to take shape.

  2. Normally I don’t mind editing but this novella I”m (supposed to be) editing now is driving me up the freaking wall *sigh* but I think I’m close to a break through.

  3. Ellen, I write the exact same way, action and dialogue, action and dialogue. *ggg*

  4. Cece, Fingers crossed you reach your breakthrough.

  5. I usually have to add stuff, I tend to write in blocks, like ten pages of dialogue that I have to break up in edits, or the reverse.

    Of course, as you know from the whining on my own blog, I have a hard time seeing the forest through the trees, so editing for me is usually the case of me sitting there staring at these pages having no clue what to do with them.

  6. I edit a lot. I’m such a freaking perfectionist that I write and rewrite chapters until they’re spotless and shinning.

  7. I edit yesterday’s work today. And keep that up till the end of the book, then I read the whole book, making changes as I go. The only thing I wish I had was a month between the finished book and the re-read. That would be marvelous.

  8. Danica, I’ve just hit the halfway point with my first manuscript and I’m convinced it’s a load of crap. *g*

  9. Silma, I can let mine go after a certain point, but I have to force myself to do so. 🙂

  10. Jo, I’m sure with your schedule it would be hard to squeeze out that month. I simply don’t have the patience to allow a piece to sit that long. Snort. (wg) At least if you’re editing along the way, you shouldn’t have too much work to do at the end.

  11. I have a hard time letting go and moving on in the first draft. I need to get it right, or at least really close to ‘right’, before I can push ahead. You know how they say knock the editor off your shoulder in the first draft. Well, my internal editor has a death grip. Sigh.

  12. Beth, Mine’s an evil Siamese twin. *ggg*

  13. Don’t mean to laugh at your misery, but– Ha! God, I’m glad I’m not alone.

  14. Lord, Jordan, I could edit until I’m collecting my pension. I have to actually stop myself because I’ll just keep editing and editing.

  15. Planning. I can plan for England. I have so many books in the planning stage I really have to discipline myself and get one of them written. At the last count there were about 11 and I put out a mini poll on my blog to see which I should do first. And that’s the one I’m finishing now.

    I can edit in to stories too. Sometimes I’ll be deliberately sketchy just to get something down. Then, when I have a sort of complete, I go in and hang flesh on the bones. When that’s done, I go back and tighten.

  16. I’ll get you for that Beth. 😉

  17. Tracy, I’m the same way. I allow myself to edit three times max or I won’t stop.

  18. Diane, Like someone once said, “You can’t edit a blank page.” I think you have the right idea with putting something down on paper. Glad you picked one of your WIP’s and are sticking with it. Good Luck!

  19. Me, I’m obsessed with the first draft. Yes, the friggin’ first draft. I want it to be perfect.

    That’s why I write so horribly slow. I go back and edit about every paragraph – sometimes a short scene if I’m lucky – until it shines. Something that only works because I have detailed outlines.

    Maybe it’s the German part of my mixed heritage. 🙂

    Oh, and can anyone tell me why I, above all people, signed up for Nano the third time?

  20. Gabriele, Glutton for punishment, perhaps? LOL!