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Managing the Better Beast

You never really understand what it means to edit until you actually start the process.

I’ve been very serious about editing a couple of stories up to this point, and it’s been a . . . well, no one likes to edit, no one likes to rewrite.  But those are necessary evils when it comes to being a writer.  You find mistakes; you re-sculpt paragraphs that don’t make sense or seem clumsy; you either add or delete things from you story so it becomes tighter and more enjoyable.

And this takes time.  For my story Kuntilanak (did you know you can by this from either Smashwords or Barnes & Noble?  Thanks to this blog whoring, you now do!) the editing process took about a week, and for my last story I was able to get it worked out in a couple of days.

But the scale of both those words played a big part in how long it took to edit them.  Kuntilanak ran about 75 pages, and my other story came in around 25 pages . . . my NaNo Novel, when converted to a Word doc, runs about 225 pages, or about 3 times bigger than Kuntilanak.

Yeah, I have my work cut out for me.  Of course I’ll have Trusty Editortm helping, but still–if we do two chapters a day, which is possible, that still requires almost 2 weeks of editing.  As Sam Becket used to say, oh, boy.

I’m already seeing parts of the novel in my mind and thinking, I need to change that, I need to rework that, I need . . . Never having completed a novel before I don’t quite understand the thought process that goes into turning it from a first draft into something that people will actually want to read and enjoy.  I suppose, just like when I started writing it, I’ll take the process and do hats seems logical.  Or if not logical, what seems right.  Or baring all that, I’ll just wing the bastard and hope it’s good.

‘Cause if I know Marissa’s out there, starting up the power loader, and just waiting for me to not work on my novel so she can come charging out of a cargo bay with the intention of busting my ass up for not working on my novel.  “Get to work, dude!”  Yeah, I get it . . ..

I suppose the only good thing is that I’m already looking ahead to my next project.  What’s it going to be?

When you figure that out, let me know.

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