Chop, Chop, Editing Block

I have begun the process of editing my novel after taking a little break from it. Once I had finished the storyline I was elated but I felt my mind was a little frayed from the creative overload so I left it for a while. I’m glad I did this as now I can look at it with what I intend to be an objective eye.

Or at least that WAS my intention. Reading through now I can see things that need improving; some continuity based, some descriptive based. My problem begins when cutting or adding to the narrative content itself. I know myself and some other writers have the problem of reading through and just loving everything, awkwardly placed or no. I know this stems from the fact that we wrote it and so we love it, but the essential thing is we need to make sure our stories flow.

My writer friend Jex suggested several tactics to help with editing. She suggested, among others,  reading out loud which is the predominant technique I use myself. Read through the novel and if you stumble in any area then you know it needs work. This still doesn’t help with seperating objectivity with love of your own written word. I am determined however 🙂

Editing is proving to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to the ultimate outcome.

Do you have any editing techniques you live by?

Thank you.

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The Satisfaction of Completion

Words cannot describe the sensation of finishing the story line you have been working years upon. It’s not so much that a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, more that you are that step closer to completing something you have wanted to do so for as long as you can remember. Of course this feeling not only relates to novels but pieces of art, a portfolio, anything.

I have chosen to focus on writing as this is what I find most pleasure and satisfaction in. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love music and take great joy in playing the violin, but there is nothing better than sitting down at your computer and letting the creative energies flow. I can usually see the story unfolding in front of me. I love to take it down and put order to the colourful worlds I imagine. I know several wonderful people who love to do the same and are getting that much closer to the feeling I am now experiencing. I wish them all the luck in the World with it.

Do you know where I am coming from? Have you recently finished something and are just now perfecting it?

I know I still have a lot of work to do; editing, proof reading and maybe padding out, but I am so very happy at the moment that I don’t think anything could top this. My next intention was inspired by my friend Jex and I may put a synopsis of the novel on here but will check it a million times first.

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