I laugh. Writing the book is the easy part. Editing the book is the hardest part!
I don't know about you, but editing my manuscript is the number one thing I dread in the process of finishing a manuscript.
We all know that when we type THE END, that the end is NOT the end! It really is the beginning.
Some writers love it because they use the editing process to put more meat into their story, flesh it out more, and create deeper characters. Some writers are like me. . .they type THE END and it really is the end (or what we want the end to be).
Not that I don't want my story to be the best it can be, but I've written it once through blood sweat and tears. And quiet frankly, I don't want to relive that part again.
If I dive deeper into why I really don't like the editing process. . .it's hard work! I don't like hard work!
In the editing process, we have to find the plot holes, make sure the lose ends are tied up, make sure that your protag has the same color hair and eyes throughout the book, blah, blah, blah.
I don't want to read my novel 200 times. I don't want to check and re-check to make sure I tied up all the red herrings. BUT I want a bunch of readers to pick up my book and love it.
Then why don't I love the editing process so they do pick up my novel and love it?
Well . . .I'm learning to love the process.
I'm taking my time. I've realized that the publishing industry isn't nearly as fast as I'd like it to be. It's all about getting the best product out to the readers that you can. That means that you must take your time. Read every single word, and reread every single word. Make sure you develop your characters, create that scene, tie up all the plots and sub-plots. AND remember that if you take the time NOW to create that fabulous book, that you can take the time later to reap the rewards.
In the end, there is such a great satisfaction once I can type THE END after the third...er...fifth round of edits.
Author Sarah Duncan has a great series on her blog about the editing process! Check it out!
TODAY is NEVER TELL YOUR DREAMS book birthday! Release day!!!
1. An irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear.
2. Circumstances under which Maggie Greenlee lives her life.
Maggie’s life revolves around superstition. Never walk under a ladder, don’t let a black cat cross your path, Maggie’s favorite, toss a pinch of salt over your shoulder for good luck, are staples Granny taught her. But the biggie, never tell your dreams before breakfast, is the one Maggie is sure is an old wive’s tell. But after Maggie hears that someone had a dream that Maggie was left at the altar, before breakfast-no less! –Maggie pulls out all the superstitious stops to make that dream not come true.
Until her fiance breaks off their engagement and she loses her job. . .all in one week.
Maggie goes back to Grandberry Falls where Granny's sweat tea and the annual Jubilee is just the cure she needs. Only everyone seems to be keeping a secret from her.
Mayor Mitch Dozier is busy working on the eminent domain case against Maggie's granny's farm. Maggie's granny insists that Maggie doesn't find out about the case, and Maggie is a distraction he doesn't need.His heart was broken once by Maggie Greenlee. He won't let it happen again.
Will Maggie and Mitch discover that the future of Grandberry Falls depends on them?