Hey there, kids. Welcome back to another fantastic installment of Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth. Today I’ll be discussing edits. Now that you’ve gotten all of those neat, shiny words on the page.. you have to make them into something readable.
For many, this is one of the worst parts about writing. Right up there with the dreaded suck-nopsis and query letter. For me, it’s not so bad though. Truth be told… I kind of like the little system I’ve developed for myself.
Disclaimer: Just because I’m telling you how I do things, doesn’t mean that I’m telling you that you should do them this way. Ultimately, you’ve got to find a system/style that works for you.
Ultimately, editing is a necessary evil in the writing process. Much as I’d love to think that every word that flies from my finger tips is pure gold… it isn’t. Sometimes whole scenes are just utter crap and must be destroyed. Here’s how I do it:
So.. typically, I will sit down with whatever story that I’m working on. I’ve usually got a general idea of what’s going to happen, and when. And I write.
The next time I sit down, I re-read (and tinker with what I wrote) and then I write some more. Rinse, repeat, until the book is done. Then I re-read from start to finish, letting things marinate in my mind for a few days.
Then I break out my trusty (metaphorical) red pen and start hacking things to bits. I change the order of some sentences, remove some. Work on phrasing, grammar, punctuation, etc. It usually takes me a couple of days to do this.
Then I let it all marinate, make any quick last minute changes, then *bam* off to the publisher it goes.
You’re all wincing, now, aren’t you? This goes against everything you’ve ever been told about writing.
WELL DON’T YOU JUDGE ME!!! (I kid, I kid)
I’ve done the beta reader thing. I’ve done the “send chapters at a time” thing. I’ve done critique groups. I kind of suck at that stuff. I find that I prefer a more independent approach. It is, ultimately, entirely up to you. 🙂
Until next week, I bid you farewell and adieu!