I submitted the whole 2000+ words to my teacher in early June and got back my grades only a few days ago. The comments were all valid, a couple of places she picked up on superfluous words (ACK! After all my editing!) and even one cliche statement, which upon further thought, actually needn’t be there. I can change it up.
And you feel like your brain has turned to mush…
Or when you want to smack your head against the desk – repeatedly and with great force. You need to distance yourself from your work.
In short, take a break!
Love thy red pen
When I talk with other writerly people, editing seems to be one of the most common pain points amongst them. Some people tell me they aren’t very good at it, some have decided that they can’t do it while others try to do the best they can but will often rely on BETA readers and editors to edit their manuscripts more completely.
I like editing.
Scary thought isn’t it?
I find it gives my creative brain a bit of a break despite the fact that I find aspects of it quite challenging. I know I’m not qualified at it or the best at it, I feel I have a fair grasp on a lot of the basics, but one can always learn more.
With this in mind, I went into this weeks writing class looking forward to the instruction on editing. I was not disappointed. Continue reading
Have you ever read a book and you’re struggling to understand what is written on the page?
Does someone’s written accent blur the lines of the English language into a mash of random syllables and noises?
When does trying to capture your character’s character get in the way of the reader enjoying the story?
A good example of this is the book I’m currently reading Cloud Atlas. While I am quite enjoying the story and the way that each of the different times connect (no matter how tenuously), the changes in language between the mini stories is driving me nuts.
That pivotal moment…
Do you have a point of no return when reading a book? Are there unforgivable sins an author can commit that stops you reading in your tracks? I believe there are, here are a few I’ve come across. Continue reading