I have a strange attitude toward editing. It’s not something I enjoy before I get out of the starting gate. That’s probably why there are six or so completed mss that I haven’t touched in years. Then there’s the issue of time. But the strange thing is, once I get going, I enjoy the process. I’m on what feels like the gazillionth edit of a women’s fiction novel that will be released in the fall.
The challenge with this project is that there are three women whose lives take on roller-coaster like qualities because of their choices. On one round of editing, I took a three-pronged approach where I printed out the book according to characters. That way I caught continuity issues, brushed up on personal preferences and checked for repetition. These things are easy to miss when I am reading the entire story at once.
I thought compiling the chapters for each woman was a good idea then. Now I know it was brilliant, especially yesterday, when I caught up with a crystal cat paperweight that had turned into a globe. Oh, yeah! And I only caught it because I was reading Dionne’s chapters in isolation. Since I can’t afford to print nearly 300 pages again, I have the main character to go and then I’ll read the whole thing before printing it one final time.
I’m not sure I’ll write from three perspectives again. Distraction was my 2008 NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) project and it’s taken me all this time – on and off, but mostly off – to get these women in order. My romantic suspense novels are written from male/female points-of-view. Writing through the eyes of three women with very different voices was enjoyable and provided a challenge. However, as they say, the devil is in the details. I’m still boggled when I think that this is the one of those books for which I did a detailed outline and character charts.
The trouble is that when an idea pops up, especially something that I haven’t done before, it’s hard to say no to the challenge. I’ll bet you’ve had some idea or writing technique that jumped out at you that was so tempting you couldn’t say no. Ever found yourself going down a story path or taking on a genre that you never thought you’d tackle?
On another note, if you’re part of the Campaign and want to check out my 200-word flash fiction, jump to here and scroll down the page.
Also, Theresa Milstein is giving away four awesome books. The giveaway is open internationally and ends on September 27th at midnight. Go check that out.
Have a great week and remember to meet some writing goals!