Welcome to my series, The Editing Diaries!
In a nutshell, I’m editing my story LASER and bringing you guys along for the ride. I want you to see how my process for editing novels works (and maybe I’ll figure out my process with you). So, buckle your seatbelts, we’re going on a trip!
So, April started on Wednesday, which means that I didn’t start editing until Wednesday.
On Monday, I made a giant batch of cinnamon rolls.
They were delicious.
I finished writing up all the scenes of LASER and I put them on my bulletin board.
Finally, Wednesday showed up. Now, anyone who has been following my blog for the past few weeks probably imagines the computer firing up and then me, with my metaphorical ax, hacking out useless words and sentences left and right, and polishing sections with my Prose Polish until they gleam.
A sweet and flattering thought, readers, but no.
As you recall, Wednesday was April Fool’s Day. LASER played a vicious trick on me. Quite simply, it tricked me into thinking I was quite ready to edit, when in fact, I didn’t know how to fix any of the problems on my Macro list.
The editing that happened on Wednesday was this: I wrote a 450-word email to my dear alpha, Lily J. This email concerned one flat character by the name of Nick Elliot. The problem with him?
He was the perfect guy, but he was perfect. He was adorable and sweet, but he never really caused any conflict. Which would be great in real life, but it makes him as flat as gold leaf in a story.
The email really helped. In explaining what I wanted (actually to someone, not to just myself), I was able to figure out a couple of things and Lily helped with the rest (she had ideas and I actually already had the set up for them).
Thursday brought definite decisions about Nick and the editing began with deciding how to show what I wanted for Nick as well as starting one of two new scenes for him. But mostly, yesterday and Monday’s work was this:
And now, I must get back to editing. How are your writing or editing projects going?