Pushing on to Edit

I’ve finished my YA contemporary. After a couple days of decompression, I’m now jumping back into editing my novels. While I’m not pushing myself to edit the YA contemp, that doesn’t mean I don’t have other novels that I want to work on. However, that transition from writing to editing is always difficult for me.…

Writing: I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

I spend much of my time writing. I write furiously. I edit with no abandon. I’ve been at it for almost a full three years and spend my time not writing, reading to understand what works and what doesn’t. I’ve watched my writing transform. In the early days it was coherent, but often composed in…

Coming into my Own – Editing

Lately, I’ve been editing a lot. Between working on my own projects and beta reading for others, I’ve been having to look at writing with a critical eye regularly. The more that I look at writing i this way, the more that I’m flexing my skill at spotting how to make a novel better. However,…

NaNoWriMo 2014 is Over

And it is over. All the hustle bustle, panic and over finishing and reaching your goal is over. Officially it is over. Now that it’s over it’s time to think about what is next. For those who are still writing, the obvious next step is to continue writing. Just because the month is over and…

Rewrites Can Be Painful But Fun

Sometimes when you write a story it feels so wonderful. Things feel right and you enjoy what you’ve created. Yet, there can still be something that is lingering someting that makes it just not quite right. Often in those situations there’s no amount of tweaking that can fix the situation. It comes down to the…

Two Method Editing

The more I write, the more I realize that I need to edit in two different ways. Yes, every novel needs to be edited with two separate styles in order for me to reach a place that I feel not only comfortable, but confident in my work. Two styles that build up with their own…

Is it Good Enough Yet?

Recently, I’ve been wondering how one can know that something is good. The easiest way is to pass it off to others to see if they also think it is good. However, I’ve run into a issue with that idea, particularly when one is working with an unpublished piece. There is a phenomenon that happens…

Stages of Editing

There is something terrifying when it comes to finishing a round of editing. There are times when editing my novel feels like a walk in the park. Going through the words I’ve already put forward. Words that I’ve already edited before. When I move through those words again, I find that each sentence elicits an…

Editing Styles

Editing can be rough. You spend what feels like forever writing your story, then all of a sudden you have to go back and make it all better. The better the draft, the less work you may have to do, but your still have to go back. Thankfully, the more I write, the cleaner I…

Realities of Being A Writer

Before I started writing, I had an idea of what a writer was and how they went about their business. A writer lived an elusive life and spent their time crafting the stories I loved to read. Sure, there was the inkling that wasn’t all a writer did. My mind had a picture of what…

How I Edit

The bane of my existence is editing. Writing is rather easy for me, the words just flow out onto the screen. But as the word vomit, good as its initial arrival may be, it all needs editing. In case you don’t know, editing is the process of taking the words that have been written and…

About NaNoWriMo 2013 is Over… Now What?

NaNoWriMo 2013 is officially done and in the past. Sure, it’s only been two days, but I’ve been enjoying every moment since. Not having to write and regaining some of my lost sleep has been amazing. I actually slept for 11 hours yesterday and it still didn’t feel like enough. But the creative drain that…