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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Shocking news just in: I like editing/revising.

Umm, yeah, it surprised me too. I thought this was going to be the most tedious, frustrating part of the writing process for me. Turns out that was the actual writing of the book! Gasp. I just started the second round of revising on Banished. And I'm loving it. It's amazing to see how much the story is improving, how little changes can make a big difference, and how much of a better picture I have of what I need to fix and how to do it.

I have to admit, I felt pretty hopeless about the whole thing a few days ago. I was even thinking of scrapping the whole thing and starting over. I felt so frustrated, like I was never going to be able to work out all the kinks and discrepancies. Plus I started comparing my writing to other books, and decided that my style was awful and my writing would never be as good. Which I realize now is completely untrue (thank God!). But I pushed through and finished the first round, and now as I read through it for the second time I'm completely reinvigorated and excited about the book again.

I remember my mom telling me that you have to love what you write, because you're going to have to read it over and over and over again. And guess what? I love this book. And I think I love it more every time I read it :)

20 comments:

Deb Salisbury said...

It's wonderful you love to edit - that is half the writing process! A first draft is supposed/allowed to be awful, but editing can repair all the problems.

I enjoy it, too. I think editing is an artform, and the more you do it, the better you - and your ms - will get.

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Samuel Sinclair West said...

keep up the good work, i know for sure i will see your book as a new york times bestseller one day:)

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