Monday, May 23, 2011

Good things come to those who...edit?

I've probably said this before, but it bears saying again...

I don't like editing.

I'm all the creative side of writing. There's nothing that thrills me more than when my brain gets going so fast that my fingers can barely keep up, or when I reread something and say, "Yeah--nailed it!" If I've put in a good day of writing, I don't mind the achy back so much. *Note to self: save up for a nice desk chair with a built in massager...oh yeah...*

But I know that, in today's world, no self-respecting author can get anywhere without editing. And I guess it's not all a bad thing--it just serves as a reminder that writing does take time and patience. Patience. As I used to tell my mom, "Patience is a virtue that I do not possess."

I think that since last November, God has been teaching me about patience. About taking the time to get to know the story, to make sure I fully understand where it's going to take me. I obviously didn't understand with Nightsword. And now with Half Blood...well, let's just say I'm starting the 4th rewrite of the beginning of the third draft. It's taken me a while to understand the beginning I need for Half Blood, and now that I'm rewriting, I'm very glad I was patient and didn't forge ahead with the old beginning. The new beginning is so much better. Lots of tie-ins to the Christian life there, eh?

And I find that if I'm patient, I'm more content. That applies to everything in my life. Don't rush, just be patient and content. I thought I'd learned this lesson right before Justin & I started courting. Obviously, God thought I needed a refresher course. ;) Live and learn.

Back to editing--it's not that I don't like making something as good as I possibly can. It's just getting there can be so darn frustrating.

I can see my writer friends rolling their eyes and saying, "Stop whining! Get back in there and edit so we can actually read Half Blood at some point in the near future!"

OK, OK, going. But be warned--this isn't my last post on editing! :)


No blog post next Monday.

5 responses:

M. R. Pursselley said...

I seem to recall a certain impatient little author asking me "Oh, please, Mary, don't read HalfBlood on AP, just wait until I get the second draft done so you can read it with a fresh perspective and give me your feedback."
And I was dumb enough to agree, and it's been A YEAR and I still don't see HalfBlood in my inbox or any of my computer files!!!!

H. A. Titus said...

BUT, you've seen how many short stories? How many chapters of Falls the Shadow? :) I've been busy!
No excuse, I know. I'm working on it. Soon...I would say by July...I'll have the 3rd draft in enough shape to where I'll send it out to crit partners. Hold me to that!

Galadriel said...

Crit partners? Sign me up, I love to critique!

H. A. Titus said...

Galadriel: I'll add you to my list of people to send it to. Sound good?

Galadriel said...

Yeeps! LoriAnn has my email address if you need it


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