It’s been a while since my last post. Basically, my head has been so full of the book I was editing, it had no space to think about writing a blog post as well. I’ve spent three months on this edit and I think it’s the longest I’ve ever taken on polishing up a manuscript. I am completely edited out. But I’m also proud of the work I’ve put in and excited about the story, which has made all the staring at the computer screen worth it.
I think I’m still finding my editing feet. I am probably not the most patient person so it can be frustrating when something isn’t taking shape as quickly as you want. Sometimes it’s hard to turn what you see in your head into something that works on the page. I’m not sure I have found an editing style yet but this time I tried reading the book out loud, which did help spot errors and make the dialogue flow better. I feel like this book challenged me and now I’ve sent it back to my agent, I can see how good that was. I want to be stretched as a writer.
I think your writing improves with everything you write and the more times you edit your writing, the more natural it feels.
Editing seems to require a lot more concentration that writing a first draft for me and consequently, I feel a bit exhausted now that it’s done. But I am pleased with how the story is shaping up and that is a lovely, and pretty rare, feeling for a writer :)
So I am edited out now but hey I edited this book …
Well kind of.
I mean, I hope I did.
Uh-oh, the self-doubt is kicking in …