I love editing. There, I’ve said. I love editing and I don’t care who knows it. I love fiddling around with scenes and layering in little bits here and there, or even cutting out a scene that didn’t work and rewriting it. In fact, in many ways, getting that first draft down for me is the hardest part. Once it’s down, at least the bare bones are there and I can fiddle.
Maybe this goes back to being the kid who spent more time drawing little borders around her school work than actually doing the work. Or happily playing around with designing pamphlets when I used to work in the library (as opposed to actually writing the content). Yep, there was something satisfying in fiddling with stuff.
Anyway, I’ve finally finished the rewrite of a story I wrote during Nano the year before last and am now having fun with editing it. I loved the story – especially the idea and I loved the hero. But sadly when I wrote it, I was still getting the hang of conflict and so the characters…well….they didn’t have any. However, I’ve learned a lot in the past six months and now I think I have the story to where I want it to be. As in there is actual conflict in there!
Of course because of having actual conflict, I had to change large parts of the story completely. I think in all there were three chapters I kept, plus a few minor plot points and then the rest I rewrote entirely from scratch. This will be my next sub so I hope it works. Of course, the only person who can say for certain that it does work is the editor and as I’m still waiting on news of my partial, I won’t be getting any feedback for this story any time soon. Ah well, in the meantime I’ll have fun with my editing and then perhaps think about which story I’ll concentrate on next. After all, the best thing to do while waiting is more writing right?
So, how do you find editing? Do you spend your time drawing pretty borders around your work or do you hate that bit? 😉