100 Days of Writing, Day 86
When does writing not feel like writing? When it’s editing, apparently. It’s essential, definitely not easy, requires a skill set all of its own and is as challenging, if not more so, than writing that first draft. So I’m not dismissing the importance of the process when I say that including editing as part of my 100 Day Writing Challenge feels like a bit of a cop-out.
I’m not saying it IS a cop-out, just that it feels that way. Like rehearsing rather than performing, or sitting through a debrief rather than taking part in the main event.
But editing I am. And although I’ve spent much of the past four days on a wild killing spree, bumping off beloved sub-plots, characters and, after hardly any deliberation at all because it was the right thing to do, an entire story thread, the process has involved a lot of writing. Much of it revisions. Some of it BRAND NEW.
There are two weeks left of the 100 Day Writing Challenge but it’s going to take way longer than that to get this book to its full potential. And that’s the point. To do whatever it takes, however long it takes, to make it the best it can possibly be.
As American author J Russell Lynes said, ‘No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published’.
As far as resources go, the possibilities are varied and endless. Much of the general advice is similar across the board so it’s a matter of personal preference who you choose to read/listen to. Two books which I’ll be referring to over the coming months are:
Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier by Bonnie Trenga
Other than that I’ll be relying on instinct, common sense, the views of a select group of trusted readers and tips from a few bloggers that I follow.
Thanks for reading. If you’d like to share your tips or links to your own writing/editing blogs, please do so.