Will Edit for Food

I sent the first 16 chapters of my revisions over to my editor yesterday. I still have several chapters to go, but it *is* getting there. It’s a lot more than I thought it would be. Edits are like that I guess, but I’ve found as I’ve tried to expand the story more, new details started cropping up – and new ideas. It’s a bit like herding cats, maybe, but there comes a moment when you look at something and you have to decide if it’s *really* necessary. I mean, sure it’s a funny bit, but if it’s not moving things along, I’m probably going to have to cut it.

What I sent her wasn’t polished at all  – I discovered that if I tried to fix it up too much as I went, then I wasn’t really moving forward anymore. Never mind the fact that as soon as I got something right, I’d be stuck moving paragraphs around later anyway, thereby messing everything up again. Better to wait until it’s all done, I think and then go through a few rounds of “fix up.”

On the other hand, I felt like it wouldn’t be a bad thing to let her take a quick look at what I had to make sure I was on track, rough or not. The deadline is looming over me and it’s getting a little scary.

I have to apologize for not having better quality blog posts the last few weeks, but hopefully I’ll get a little bit of a breather once this last set is done. I guess I just find it hard to come up with stimulating concepts when I’m trying to figure out if my good guy should really be a bad guy…or at least a dude who’s royally screwed up in some fashion. On top of that, I also have to think ahead to where I want the second book to go – is the tiny detail I throw in here going to have major repercussions later?

Good times.

I’m literally eating and breathing this thing now. Even when I’m not editing, my mind is constantly turning it around, trying to find all the possible angles. Makes it hard to do much else, so if I seem a little distracted, that’s why.

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4 Responses to Will Edit for Food

  1. Simon says:

    You mean you actually have characters who *aren't* royally screwed up in some fashion? That's odd. Huh.

    I might just be strange, then. I think I'm okay with that.

    Happy editing, good lady. You'll get there, one sentence at a time.

  2. mynfel says:

    Oh – they're all pretty screwed up, but I'm trying to knock the hero off his pedestal. Or at least drop him down a few pegs. Dude needs to suffer. 

  3. donnahole@gmail.com says:

    You'll get there. 

    I hate it when I think I have to cut out my favorite scenes for doing nothing for the story.  Sounds like you and your editor have a great rappor.  Good luck with the edits.

    ……..dhole

  4. mynfel says:

    She's a dear and I adore her. 🙂

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