For my entries in the 2012 A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on writing elements that I find important and that I want to incorporate into my work.
Today, the topic is EDITING.
To be truthful, this is something that I really wish I didn't have to do. I wish I could just spew out perfect prose in a seamless stream of consciousness, but I can not, like... make that sort of um, goodly writer-ish thing to, um... you know... like, happen.
So if I want my writing to be the best it can be, I have to edit. Ruthlessly. Almost ceaselessly.
I'm still learning to just get the story out in a first draft without stopping to obsess about every word, accepting that I'm going to edit later anyway. But I still can't let a whole piece go from beginning to end without stopping to edit at some point. My normal routine is to write for as long as I can, and the next time I touch the piece, I begin with a review and revision. That editing gets me up to speed to then add on new material.
Once the whole piece is "complete," there will still normally be several cycles of rest, review, and revision, until I get to the point where I can let it set, come back to it fresh, read the whole piece through, and like it as it stands. For some rare pieces this is soon after the first draft; for most, it is many cycles before I begin submissions.
My ideal is to have the writing be as polished as a spotless pane of glass, where the reader doesn't even notice it because they've become so involved in the story.
But that takes editing. A LOT of editing!
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