Write, Edit, Revise
We have all faced problems of writing. We procrastinate, have writer’s block, and at times just not enough time in the day to write.
We also have come up with various ways to get us through these little mishaps.
We set timers and tell ourselves that we have to sit here and write for an hour.
When we hit a brick wall, we stumble through it or we go around, we work on a different chapter, a different story, or we just get up and walk away for a time, letting our thoughts wander hoping the solution to our dilemma will resolve itself, but what do you do when you are editing and revising, and you hit a brick wall or start procrastinating?
I have been editing and revising the first book in my series, “Chris’ Journey Turning Different Corners” again. (I haven’t hit a brick wall, but have been procrastinating.) A story that I felt was done. I had even queried it, but recently opened it up on my computer to start formatting it to self publish and said, OMG, it’s really not ready at all. The story is there. The dialogue is there. Even the descriptions are there, but there can be more, well not more, but more detailed. There are parts that need to be there and yet need to be reworded. There are some he said/she said that need to come out. Basically it needs to be tightened up, tweaked, and polished. I want the reader to see what I see and to feel what I feel. To experience the emotions that I did as I wrote it. To laugh and cry right along with my heroine.
Do you procrastinate?
Do you have a way to keep you going in the right direction?
And when you finally do sit down to edit, what’s the first thing you look for?
You know the story is there. You know the dialogue is there and the basic description, but it’s just not quite right.
Do you break it down into sections?
Do you go line to line looking for mistakes, misspelled words, or words that make you go, Huh?
I’d like to hear your thoughts on how you go about editing and revising and what keeps you on task?
After writing this and publishing it, I came across another blog and see someone else has been doing the editing shuffle! Check it out here: http://ellamedler.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/anticlimax/
Happy Editing everyone! Have a great week!