Writing Wednesday: Editing – Love it or Hate it?

They say that writing is really re-writing. You get your ideas down in a flurry of creativity, but the real writing comes when you shape it and polish it into something worth reading. Some writers love the first part and hate the second. Others really enjoy the craft of turning the original stream of creativity into something really good. They love the choosing of the right words to use, the way to integrate the subplots and create the tension and pace.

I don’t think I have done enough writing yet to know whether I like editing or not. My first Kestrel novel is being critiqued and I am waiting for it to be returned. I was in the position of knowing it wasn’t right, but not knowing what was wrong with it. I’ve edited it a few times as I have learned the craft, but reached my limits. While I have been waiting (months), I have done a lot of reading about the craft of writing, and I am starting to come up with ideas for improving it. But it’s pointless starting and then having to start over again when the critique comes in.

I was going to do NaNoEdMo, but March is upon us and I still don’t have my critique, so I can’t. I don’t really want to start something new, as I have enough on my plate with the marketing and publicity for my local history book Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth which is coming out at Easter.

So right now, editing looks very attractive indeed.


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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