Editing

Editing is the part that I detest the most. As a writer, I go with the flow, stream of consciousness, à la Virginia Woolf style of writing, who coined the phrase. I am only fooling myself if I can even come close to her magic. I just want to write and get it out as quickly as possible, but nothing is as easy as people think. When is your book out already?
It’s a slow process, because perfection is part of the secret ingredient in editing. My editor told me something remarkable, she said, Imagine you are telling your story in front of a campfire…you want them engaged in the story, you want them to feel every scene.
Being a bit energetic, restless, and mostly crazy, I took her words to heart and now I imagine a bonfire, a Greek beach, the sunset and me in front, blabbing away, with hand gestures, of course.
So on page three, I found myself reliving my story through someone else’s eyes.
I am beginning to see the light…another two-hundred plus pages to go.
Thank you, Lea, my publisher & editor. You are a godsend.

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10 thoughts on “Editing

  1. Chrissy I enjoyed reading your post as well as the very brief section “about Chrissy”. I congratulate you on your successes and wish you well on your future endeavors. I differ in at least one respect in that I don’t mind the editing. I look on it as a step forward. When I can hear within my mind ‘a different,better way of saying’ I feel I have made progress and critically move on to find other such places.

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  2. Chrissy I’m currently working on my first novel. I was sharing with my wife ( my biggest fan) last night over dinner that this going to take some time to write because in my mind it’s a movie. What advice would you give a new author? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Well, Hi Vernon. My advice is to write every day, even if you don’t feel like it. And keep at it. Persistence. Send your manuscript everywhere and blog and tweet.
      I will visit your site soon.
      Thanks for reading.

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