Three Cheers for Editing!

No, that’s not sarcasm you hear. I’m actually being serious. Yep, I have been dreading editing this hideous story and yet, now that I’m in the middle of it, I’m actually quite enjoying it.

Of course, I’ve only done the first half. It’s the second I should be worried about.

Now, I had a really clear idea of what I wanted with the first half so the first draft of that isn’t too bad. But unfortunately I have a feeling that the second half is going to be vile. I already know that the conflict hasn’t focussed on the right things, that I’ve got distracted and let other issues complicate it – namely concentrating on my hero’s emotional growth to the detriment of my heroine. Argh! So it’s going to be the devil’s own job untangling it – plus not letting it get tangled up again! And I am going to have force myself to do a better job of the ending rather than using placeholding phrases such as “And it all worked out in the end. Cue kiss. HEA.” Oh yes, and there’s the epilogue to go too.

Sigh. And it’s already at 49k! Ah well, I’m hoping I can cut screes of ‘just’s, ‘that’s, ‘suddenly’s and other words I seem to use ALL the time. Not to mention all the smiling and grinning my hero seems to do.

What an exciting week for me. 🙂 Good job I’ve got the RWNZ Conference to look forward to!

10 thoughts on “Three Cheers for Editing!”

  1. Hi Jackie

    I’m LOL about your comments re the most common words in your ms. They seem to be my top 3 too.

    I also need to sort out an epilogue for the ms that I’ve subbed. At least I think I do. The story has its obligatory happy ending, but I’m not sure if it needs a bit more tagging on the end. So frustrating!

    If you find yourself with any spare time, I’m in desperate need of a CP (none of my friends write or read HMB). No worries if you’re too busy (I suspect you are what with being entrenched in the editing process – just thought I’d ask on the off chance).

    Good luck with the editing.
    Best
    Kristy

  2. My hero also grins a lot – and spends time shrugging a broad shoulder.

    I’ve managed to delete two thousand words by cutting my favourite words. It’s scary stuff.

    Good luck with the rest – you can do it.

    X

  3. Kristy, I think everyone has their favourite words. Those ones are just (ha!) the tip of my particular iceberg!

    Sure I can do some crit for you. May not have time for an entire ms but I can look at a synopsis or partial if you like. Email me at coates dot jackie at gmail dot com.

    Ha, Suzanne! Yes, shrugging broad shoulders seems to happen a lot in mine too. Oh and btw, I didn’t realise you’d put a photo on your profile. I kept thinking another Suzanne was visiting me! 🙂

  4. Becca, to be honest, leaving them to sit is a great idea. I’m wondering if I should be leaving mine a bit longer but I might do that once I’ve finished this first edit.
    Avoidance works for me too. 🙂

  5. You’re enjoying editing? It’s sick! Sick I tell you! lol 🙂 Actually it’s fabulous that it’s not as bad as you thought it would be I just hope the second part isn’t as vile as you’re predicting!

    Chocolate?

  6. OMG – I’m having enough trouble just editing the partial…. but then again i tend to prefer my second half of the ms.

    My problem words are just, that and I too have a grinning and shrugging hero… isn’t that what they all do??

  7. Lacey – yeah,I have to say that editing is pretty cool – when it’s going well and you know what needs to be done. Otherwise it’s crap! 😉 Anyway, I know what needs to be done in the second half so I hope that it goes pretty smoothly. Hoping!

    Janette – In the end I quite like the second half of my stories but it always takes me a while to get it to that stage. Lol re heroes! Yes they do, as well as frown and run their hands through their hair. 😉

  8. Funnily enough I was just about to do a post on editing. I’m enjoying it too but I suspect it may be because it’s distracting me from my stage fright about actually writing the requested partial!

    Think you’ll have written about five books before I’ve polished my comp chapter at this rate 😉

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