I am currently editing the first book of my soon – to – be – ex – trilogy. It has been a long time in the writing and although I had a problem with the editing phase originally, I feel I am at a stage with the book where I am happy with the editing and it is just now tinkering with it.
I wrote the trilogy in 2008, starting out with SoCNoC in June and continued on to finish the last book in December of the same year. Last year was spent editing, cutting, asking people for advice, ARGUING with them about that advice before I have finally reached a point where I see their point of view and appreciate what they have told me. And my writing has improved.
I have cut out rather a crucial scene in the first book, only because it didn’t really fit. I debated with several people over what is considered evil, and I didn’t believe I could write evil enough. Turns out I can’t! Not that that is a bad thing, in fact, when I do write evil now, I know that there is a sense of sinisterism with it. A sense of impending doom and hatred, which is what I wanted in the first place! Having some silly scene that totally went against that opened my eyes and so the scene, and all references to it have been deleted. Imagine my surprise when I realised that this opened up other possibilities, an entirely new scenario, a new entrance for the bad guy… Mmmm, delicious!
Editing used to be something I really hated, but my writing has reached a point where I still don’t like it, but it isn’t a tedium that it used to be, in fact, it is what I consider, polishing off the already good stuff that is there, and removing the dirt and grime that is really muddying up the story in the first place.