Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Change This, Not That

Every author goes through edits. And every author, at some point during the editing process, also goes through-

I've said it before: I love going through edits, tightening the story, making it much better than what I could have accomplished on my own. I know what I meant to say, but it takes an outsider to see the inconsistencies and make sure I get my story across correctly.

What the inside of my brain looks like.
Most of the time, it's kind of interesting to see it from the point of view of someone who has to examine the trees rather than see the forest. A lot of "D'oh!" moments happen during this process. Like forgetting entire plot points.

And now I have to clean up my doodie.
But I digress. That doesn't mean going through the editing process doesn't have its frustrating moments. "Remove the dialog tags here." "Change the dialog tags there." "But don't remove the dialog tags here." "Remove the dialog tags there." "You need to add some dialog tags, I have no idea who's speaking."

And while I'm laughing as I type this (because all of the above is freakin' valid complaints that need to be addressed), it can feel a little... well...

Uncle! Aunt! Galactus! ANYBODY!
But the good news is, I'm almost done this round of edits on All For You, which means I'll be back to writing Throne of Oak next week.

Right before I get a round of edits.

(P.S.: I love M.C. Escher's art. The above print can be found at


lorimeehan said...

I love your newsletters. You always make me laugh.

AZWitch said...

Indeed they do! Especially when I know how you feel because I'm prtty sure that the inside of my mind looks like an M.C. Escher's print too! lol

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