After what seems like YEARS (but in actual fact is only approximately 4 weeks ?!!) I finally managed to edit a scene last night. It doesn’t really sound like something major, but to me it was. When I don’t write, I get restless, and quite antsy and I spend a lot of time on the internet and facebook wondering what is going on with me and why I can’t get rid of the itch.
So I edited – or finished editing a scene in the 5th Chapter, one that was kind of lagging and I had been putting off. But a few weeks off, and fresh eyes, allowed me to make some alterations to the chapter which now makes it seem more credible, and no longer just a space filler. While it hasn’t inspired me to start heavily editing again, it was the kick in the bum I needed.
But what I have been doing, which I really enjoy doing, is critiquing others work at the moment, and I have become a beta reader for a NZ who has finished her story to quite a high standard and wants to get it out there before the end of the year. I also critique for two other writers, we all write very similar works, so we enjoy swapping our stories between us and looking at each others style. I know that I really don’t take on board a lot of what they tell me, but I have reached a stage with my writing where I happily listen to them and their advise and revise my story accordingly.
While I find editing quite trying, having done it for almost three months now, I really do understand why it is necessary and have started to really see my work with a more subjective eye. It has allowed me to see how it could be improved, without being negative and dismissive about it. A critical eye has actually improved my writing. And that is what I am really enjoying about the editing process. That and also seeing how far I came from when I originally wrote the story back when I was at school!