Editing – A New Found Love?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

I know, I can’t believe I just typed that either, but ever since I got past the major road block when I started editing Shift, I’ve enjoyed it.

How can this be you ask?

I couldn’t tell you, but I do have a guess.

If you’ve followed this blog for long, you’ll know I had a hell of a time with Exiled. I edited that book so many times, it got to the point where I couldn’t even see missing words. I knew what was supposed to be there, so my mind inserted it while I was reading. If it wasn’t for a professional editor, and great friends who read through it for me, it would still be a mess. Even now, after a professional edit, and two rounds of beta readers, there are still a few missing words.

Most of my dislike of editing came from not knowing what I was doing. I didn’t have a system, I didn’t have any know how whatsoever. I just wrote the book, and went through it again and again, each time, trying to make it better than the last. There were weeks I hated that book.

With Shift, I did an outline. Problem one was solved, no major plot holes. Now as I go through the second draft, I’m really thickening that story up. Developing characters better, and trying to write with more purpose. Doing this has been oddly enjoyable for me. I’m coming up with new ideas to show different sides of the people this story is about. I’m cleaning it up as a go, and its not in as bad a condition as Exiled was. In fact, after writing Shift, I’d say quality wise, it’s close to what I handed my editor with Exiled. So maybe, as my craft improves, I find a new appreciation for other aspects of the process? Which is good, it’s only the beginning.

So tell me:

What process do you use when you’re editing? I’m curious to know what methods work for other people. Do you enjoy editing? Why? And what part – if any – of the entire writing process, up until your ready to publish, do you dislike?

Share your thoughts!