Friday, 20 January 2012

Editing Blues

So.

Twenty days into 2012 and I’m well on my way to having my manuscript completely read through by the end of January. As of now, I’m about 42K through, or a little bit over half way.

So far, it all seems to be going well. There’s been a few chapters which will need rewriting, but nothing major. But then I read on Merrilee’s blog that most people will be rewriting roughly 75% of their novel.

75%

*headdesk*
*headdesk*
*headdesk*

My problem, it seems, is that I’m reading like a reader, not like a writer. I’m reading the story, but not taking it in with a writer’s critical eye. So now, it looks like I’ll be going back through the 42,000 words I’ve already read, trying to look at it like a writer.

I hate editing.

Now it’s your turn. How are you going with your writing? Please tell me you’re doing better than me. Let me know in the comments!

10 comments:

  1. First, start saying you love editing. If you've never done it much before, or always aborted at some stage you have to give yourself some slack and be patient. Your editing skills are not as practiced as your writing skills. If you're reading through and filling in a spreadsheet to give you an accurate overview of your story then you can turn to the spreadsheet to figure out what needs to be worked on. Others may have a feeling already because the fundamental story that they began to tell is not the one they now want to tell. If that's not the case for you (or me!) then you won't yet see what needs revision because we're only looking at the big picture for now.

    I'm only 10% into my read through but hoping to make a big dent in it this weekend.

    So... you love editing. Your novel is not anyone else's novel. It is your own.

    End Peptalk. :)

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  2. Kerryn: Thanks for your peptalk! I think I really needed that right now. I guess I should remember that everyone is on different journeys, so what someone else is doing isn't necessarily what I should be doing.

    I love editing.
    I love editing.
    I LOVE editing.

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  3. Aaaw, poor Matt! *hugs*
    First, Kerryn is brilliant. Just listen to her, she's totally got it covered. ^^

    Second, my writing is better. Or, it will be. I spent this morning talking through my plot. Just me, my thoughts, and my iPod's voice memo feature. So now I have 33 minutes of rambling to go through, and once they're typed out and organized, I bet I'll be really happy. I'm already more inspired to write. :D

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  4. Any time Matt! You know where to find me. :)

    Constance, that's a really great idea for working through plot ideas. I've heard of other people talking to a writing friend and recording the conversation as well.

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  5. Thanks, Kerryn! My friend suggested it to me. ^^
    I would talk through it with someone, but I'm a stickler for not giving away spoilers. But that's what I usually do if I'm stuck; be it on world building or a character or just one small bit of plot, I usually find a writer friend and talk at them until it all makes sense to me. :)

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  6. I'm about 90% positive I posted a comment a bit ago…did Blogger eat it/put it in spam, or was I hallucinating? O_o

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  7. *wracks brain trying to remember what I originally commented*

    I rewrote ~140% of my novel. It was my first book ever, so it was terrible and had to be redone completely. And then I've had to rewrite lots of that material since then to make the telling showing, to make things make sense, ect. It's a lot. O_o But I love that my book is(going to be, still only half done) actually good now maybe. ^_^

    As for writing…I wrote the first page of one of my novel ideas(which I'm NOT going to go back to until I finish editing, + writing the two other books I have in process…*cough*), and just last night, I wrote a page in the WIP I haven't touched since NaNo ended. So…progress is progress? *heh*

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  8. Constance: Ooh, yes! Voice memos seem like an awesome idea! I should try it! (Preferably when no one else is home so it doesn't sound like I'm talking to myself... even though I guess I *would* be talking to myself...)

    Amanda: Nope, you're hallucinating. No spam. Is The Night your first novel?

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  9. Yep, The Night is my first novel. =) I like to call it my 2nd & a half, since it was 140k, and then I fully rewrote it to ~120k, so that's above average on the word count. ^_^ But it don't read like no first novel no more! *teehee* TONS and TONS of editing is to thank for that, as I said.(You know, plus Renée, but psh…why give her credit when I can take all of it? XD)

    So what I think I did about the comment is that I clicked publish after previewing, but forgot to enter in the captcha thing at the bottom again, so the comment didn't post, but I assumed and just clicked away…silly tired Amanda. *sigh*

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  10. @Matt- Yeah...I chose to sit somewhere on campus secluded, and whenever someone did chance to walk by...well, listening later I could tell because the silence is very long. :P

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