Wednesday, February 3, 2016
No No No No No! (When Edits Go Bad)
Insecure Writer's Support Groups Meeting! [They occur first Wednesday of every month]
So know how you have an editing project planned... and it is all moving along a bit painfully, but it takes some hundred plus pages for it to occur to you, “What the HECK am I thinking!?”
Just me then?
Anyway, I had January slated as a FINAL edit for Medium Wrong... but it occurred to me about 150 pages in that this series of events that occurs needs a more coherent thread running through them... a reason.
Which stopped me up 2/3 the way through THAT edit because I realized I really am almost better off starting the edit OVER and after I then do THAT edit, I will need to polish... Last edit becomes 3rd to last... It's funny, this is about the third time exactly this has happened with this book which puts me on about draft 10 of the beginning but only about 3 of the end... if I ever get to truly editing the end... (I did it once, pre-reviewers, but I haven't gotten to it again).
This is why I have 20 first drafts and only 4 that have made it to publication...
I honestly could really benefit from a developmental editor, I think, but that whole professional mentoring thing costs money now. I am pretty GOOD at that role for OTHER people's books. I can spot where the work needs doing, probably because other people have different flaws than I do in how they see things, but on my own I just have trouble.
So that is what has me feeling insecure today.
What about the rest of you? Some piece of the writing process that you seem to have trouble implanting into your brain?
Be sure to go visit OTHER insecure writers today, too!!!