Edits, again.

by Doc Coleman on July 24, 2013 · 2 comments

in Short Stories, WIP

This is going to be a short, and somewhat late, #WriterWednesday post. Work has kicked my ass of late, and while I was Posty McPosterson last week, a few things have happened that are going to take up a bit of my time. So it may be a little tough to keep the posts coming on time. Part of this is because I am dealing with edits, again.

The difference is that this time I am not doing the edits. At long last, I got back the edits from my Way of the Gun story. This is the first time I have had to deal with this kind of detailed editing feedback. And it is detailed. Like the page is bleeding.

Of course, not everything the editor says is right. There have been a couple of cases where I have done my research properly and the editor didn’t check the resources on the setting. So I have to push back on those notes. But all of her notes are useful, because if she doesn’t understand it, neither will the readers.

Doing these kind of detailed re-writes is a very different experience. When I was working on the second draft of Perils, I just had to re-write the sections that I felt didn’t work right, or that sounded odd when I read them aloud. Oh, I had some thematic changes to work in as well, but these were all things I had in mind for a while. Things I’d been thinking about.

Now, I’m looking at editor’s notes, re-crafting a section, then having to go back over it to make sure the same note doesn’t apply to the new section. It ends up being a much slower process. And in the end, I’m not sure if the resulting section is longer or shorter than the original. Actually, I do have a copy of the original, so I can go back and check it against the previous version and see if the work count has changed significantly. I can, but I haven’t done so.

In a way, it is good to be back to editing. This is the most substantive feedback I’ve gotten on any project to date, and that is a process that I feel will definitely help my writing in the long run.

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1 Veronica July 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm

What’s the phrase that Pip said on the RTP? Learn to love the whip? Even when it tears into the pages and makes your stories bleed red ink all over?

I’m right there with you, both as part-editor and making corrections from my editor. It really is a slower process, but it does help your writing in the end. Solidarity, sir. 🙂

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2 Doc Coleman July 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

If Pip said it, the phrase is either “Learn to love the whip” or “Back in your box, Morris!”. 😀

I don’t think there is any doubt about the value of good feedback on your writing. I guess what surprised me was how difficult doing the re-writes was. Now that I’m thinking about it, I guess part of it was that the original writing was off, and the editor’s suggested re-write was off, too. So there I am trying to come up with a THIRD way to write the scene without falling into the same traps as the other two examples staring me in the face. That is really tough to do, because you naturally tend to gravitate towards an example that you’re already looking at. I just never had the opportunity to encounter that before.

Good luck with your edits. Solidarity!

Doc

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