As you may (or may not) have noticed, my blogging has been all over the place lately. 😀 And now that it’s October, which is one month closer to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it’s not going to get any normal.
Life is a lot more fun when it’s unpredictable, right? Right? Oh okay, not for you guys who crave routines. ;D
So. I FINISHED writing my first draft of HIDDEN. Mind you, this is probably the 4th start-from-scratch-again revision draft, so it’s not exactly my first ever novel to finish. Just the one I am satisfied…FOR NOW. For lo and behold, just when you think you’ve finally written fin or the end or booyah! at the end of your manuscript, and you’re finally stuffing yourself with cupcakes in celebration of your GREAT accomplishment, the doorbell rings and the red pen is at your doorstep saying, “Hello, how may I EDIT you?”
If you are smart (like me), you’d slam the door on its face and say, “Not today, buddy! Come back in a couple of weeks.”
And then you go back to your happy dancing and cupcake eating, and never mind the red pen eyeing you balefully from outside the kitchen window. You’d better celebrate now because once the two weeks are up, YO! NO CUPCAKES FOR YOU AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL GET SLASHER-CRAZY AND WIELD A HATCHET BECAUSE YOUR FIRST DRAFT WILL BE NEEDING SOME MAJOR SURGERY!
Ahem. It’s one of the truths in the universe, unfortunately. No first rough draft turns out to magically be a bestseller. It’s just not happenin’, dude. Okay? EDITING is part of the process. No shortcuts, no way around it. So tell me, since I need my head back on pretty soon– HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR MS?
Please share ’cause I need ideas that are not as torturous as what I’m planning to do with my beloved manuscript. On Wednesday, I’ll share with you my process and a few linkages to awesome editing advice.
While you’re here, enjoy this Monday Funny to start off your week right!
|By Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Sigh. How I wish…