Friday, 3 August 2012

Project 2012: Stepping Down

This was scheduled to be posted on Wednesday, but Blogger (once again) decided not to post it for me. But, anyway...

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I’ve been away from the internet for the past few days due to general business and this delightful illness, but during that time I didn’t really make that much progress any progress at all. I have reached a decision though, and that is to step down from Project 2012.

This decision came about after Alyssa left a comment on Friday’s post. I posted on how as time goes by, my enthusiasm for my story wanes, especially when it comes time to edit. Alyssa suggested I rewrite instead of revise: that way it’s just like starting a new project, but I’m actually editing.

So over the past few days I’ve been mulling over this (very good!) idea, and I really do think it’s the best way to go. I mean, I’m supposed to be line-editing at the moment, but to be truly honest with myself I’m only reading each chapter but not making changes.

I’ve come to the realisation that I’m wasting my time stubbornly “pretending” to edit EXCALIBUR, and it’s time to change the way I do things. Therefore, I’ve decided to shelve EXCALIBUR, and try a different editing style with my next project. Rather than edit it the way I’ve done previously (with very little success), I’ll write a first draft, then rewrite a second draft.

Thomas Edison supposedly had three thousand attempts at making a light bulb before he got it just right*. When asked about it, he said something along the lines of “I didn’t fail three thousand times. I just found three thousand ways not to make a light bulb.”* Similarly, I don’t see Project 2012 as a failure, but rather it showed me how I don’t edit. In years to come, I’m sure I’ll look back and this project as a huge step in my writing career.

I’d really like to thank Merilee Faber for hosting Project 2012, and also Alyssa for helping me to realise that there are different ways of editing. And to all the other writers participating in Project 2012, good luck! I’ll be on the sidelines cheering you on!

I would like some tips, though. If you’re a rewriter rather than a “traditional” editor, how do you find it? Do you have any tips or advice for me? Share in the comments!

* I’m paraphrasing here. I searched, but couldn’t find his exact quote. This is from memory.


  1. Hmm…I'd argue that rewriting IS traditional editing. Most people I've talked to say that they rewrite at least once, even if the rewriting happens in bits and pieces as they slowly let all of the first draft go. I know I did one official rewrite, but everything of my second draft has been rewritten also, at this point. The first rewrite cut the fat and fixed the logic on a large scale, and the second did those things on a smaller scale.

    So…tips. Make a list of all the elements that you want to change completely or cut. Then a list of all the things you think aren't working the way you want, and try to puzzle out why. Then…open up a new document and write. That's all I did. =)

    1. Thanks for your comment! I've never really spoken to people about editing (perhaps I should!), so I guess I don't really *know* what "traditional editing" is. In Project 2012, there was time to rewrite sections, but not the entire thing. Thanks for reading!