Tuesday, April 5, 2011

E - EDITING

If you're wondering what the crazy title of this post is about, just look at this cute little green box:




I forgot to blog about C&D, so I'm picking right up with letter E. The first thing that came to mind is Editing.

I find myself editing everything I write. From emails to friends, to text messages, to things I write at work. The only thing I haven't edited very much lately is my manuscript. The trick there is you must write to edit.

For some writers, they find it easier to write the rough draft of the novel, then, go back and edit it. I used to write like this. But after that book took 4 years to edit, I decided I didn't want to do that again! However, I must add, that was the book I used to learn about the craft of writing. From knowing nothing except how to form sentences and paragraphs and hope they made sense, to learning about Point of View and Scene/Sequel.

Now, I'm working on new books. On both the books, I tried the plotter approach. I worked on character sketches, outlined the book, worked on research. I started the early chapters. I even submitted one of those chapters to a contest. But, there's a problem. I can't get going on the story.

Am I editing as I go along?

Yes.

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day. She did NaNo last November and had great success with it. She wrote, wrote, wrote until she reached and exceeded her goal. She took the following month to edit it. The whole process worked great for her. However, she'd also written down the scenes in order that she believed they would happen. She used note cards to guide her when she sat down to write.

I like this method. It's a plotter/pantser approach. A happy medium.

I think when I think about a story too much, I ruin it for myself. I need to step back a decade when I was writing before I knew better. Ah, the writing was bliss back then and I was finishing manuscripts in record time.

So what about you? What do you think about editing? Do you do it as you write or write fast and edit later?

...... And if you're interested in winning a copy of Meg Moseley's Debut Novel, When Sparrows Fall, leave a comment letting me know - either on Friday/Saturday's post and I'll announce the winner this Thursday!

4 comments:

Dianna Shuford said...

You know me...I've found that I have to know where the story's going or I draw a big blank when I sit down to write. Usually, I try to finish an entire scene/chapter before I let myself go back to read what I've written. I've discovered that I totally hate re-writing an entire storyline, which happens when I don't know what to write next.

Jeffrey Beesler said...

I just keep going with whatever process works for me, trying to discover a new and better way of getting it done. Great post! Following you via the A-Z Challenge.

Sylvia Ney said...

Good point. I often overthink/edit my manuscript and I'm never fully happy with it. Letting go can be hard. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to reading more from you.

Christy LaShea said...

Dianna, I know. I think I'm somewhere in between a plotter and a pantser.

Hi Jeffrey & Sylvia! Thanks for stopping by during the challenge!

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