Last night I wrote the last words of my latest novel. Well, the last words of the first draft, that is.
I posted to Facebook, downloaded the latest Mac software, brushed my teeth, went to be, read for an hour, fell asleep.
No major celebration. No binge eating popsicles. No sobbing my eyes out.
Because the job isn’t done yet.
In fact, it’s just now getting fun.
Now I get out the purple pens and slash through my story. I’m going to amp up a few characters and kill off a couple more (I know, heartless). I’m going to exterminate weasel words (those tricky verbs that I use over and over). I am going to x out what doesn’t work and build up what does.
Where the drafting stage (when I write the first version of the novel) is like a pressure cooker that builds and builds until the top blows off and I write like a mad women, the editing stage is where I pick through what blew out of the pot and piece it all together. I find that, for me, the editing stage necessitates more of my creative juices and much more focus.
The editing phase is where I take a rough construction of a novel and turn it into something meaningful. It’s where the real story telling happens.
Editing is the fun part.
So, what do you think? Are you a writer? How do you feel about editing? Are you a reader? Have you ever found holes or parts of a novel you wish would have been edited better?
I love to hear from you!