Tuesday, August 25, 2009

EDITING, Editing...

I've gotten excited about my Fairy story again. *grin* Well, frankly, I've been motivated to, but that's another story.

What is amazing to me, is how you can write a novel, and think it's pretty good, and once you've given it a few weeks or months and you go back to it, you suddenly think it's rubbish.

Complete rubbish. Suddenly things seem cheesey. Or silly. Or just plain awkward. And you need to edit, and rewrite, and tweeze and poke and cut and paste and...change it all.

I've had a published author tell me she wasn't "thrilled" with her book once it came out, she said there were still some things she'd change.

Makes sense. We, as writers, are not stagnant beings. We grow, we mature, we only get better at our craft. Of course we might cringe at some of our earlier writings. (Or in my case, earlier DRAFTS!)

So, I'm Editing. Edit Mode. Because everything is rubbish!!!


  1. I think by nature writers are tinkerers. We can't not edit. We can always go back and see something we'd change or write differently. That's the nature of the beast. BUT as we grow as writers, too, we learn when enough is enough. :)

    I love your fairy story and I'm cheering you on all the way! :)

  2. And we always learn from project to project. With the amount of time it takes in the production process, once a book is submitted, we are miles ahead of where we were when the book was accepted, once it comes out.