Another week has passed… I think that I am still in a post-NaNoWriMo and post-traveling time warp. Oh well!
The twelfth chapter of Beautiful Cracks has been posted now though. Going on trips seems to add spaghetti to calendars. Maybe the calendars are made out of spaghetti. Or maybe time is a large bowl of spaghetti.
Well Time, the blame is not entirely your own. (I am still looking for that secret postoffice though.)
I have very exciting news: I finished the rough draft of Subliminal!
The mad scientist always creates more problems than solutions… but this is a book and not a kindhearted monster named Frankenstein; and I am not a mad scientist. Right? I truly hope so.
Back to the news: This means that I might actually be able to publish Subliminal next year… It also means that I have a lot of editing to do.
Editing can be extremely troublesome. Actually, I think that might be an understatement. Editing is a train that is trying its hardest to stay on a wobbly track.
I am new to editing; I have started editing a few of my novels, but I have finished editing any of them. At the moment, Subliminal is a mess; just like so many other first drafts.
Countless people have said that first drafts are usually a mess, it is always something to remember, because staring down an unedited manuscript can be extremely daunting. It is hard not to think about the many pages that you have ahead of you and all of the errors that you will have to fix.
Because of that, mind games are important… so is trying to imagine what it will look like when it is done. I think that it is also important to let a graft it before editing it; even if it is only for a short amount of time.
It is easier to edit without too much judgment if you distance yourself from what you have just written first.
Let your draft sit in a drawer or on your desk. Maybe look at it every once in a while to admire it, or maybe forget about it entirely. Either way, I do not recommend reading through more than a few paragraphs right after your finish, it is often a downhill slope to ‘what kind of horrible thing have I just written’.
Try not to go there, it is extremely dangerous. You have been warned.
Alright… now, how does someone edit?
The same way you write: sit down and stare at your paper, and eventually you will be able to get somewhere.
The magical recipe for editing seems to be about the same as it is for NaNoWriMo and creative work in general:
- If you wish: A partner in crime (imaginary or not)… whoever this is should also have the ability to deal with episodes of frustration and multiple page long rants.
- A dash of craziness.
- Oh, and much more determination.
Just like every other recipe, it is important to stir well. The type of pot or cauldron you use is entirely up to you. I recommend keeping the ingredients around at all times. Just in case.