Red Marks. Highlights. Neon flagged pages. Add-ins and take-aways. These are the things that my writing world has been full of lately. I am reading my book from beginning to end with my red, V5 pen in hand. There’s one thing that stands out to me more than anything else while I’m going through this part of the process; I can see how my writing has changed since I first started. As I worked through the first ten chapters, there was red all over the pages and I saw where my writing was a little immature and not well-developed. Then as I moved forward, the red wasn’t as prevalent and I saw where my style had hit a good stride. I can see where I’m more comfortable and my writing style has come into its own. I have a lot more to go, and I know there will be many more changes, but seeing the growth in my writing is the most exciting part!
Editing is more that red marks and highlights. It’s about growing and learning as a writer. My goal is to go through this with as much precision as possible, yet open-mindedness, to allow for the growth and change that I need to become the best author I can be. People want me to finish, and so do I, but I want to do it right. This is a first for me, and I want to take it all in and do each step to the fullest.
I hope to finish the editing process by the end of next week. I will be updating Twitter and Facebook on the process, but this will be the last blog until then. I have to stay focused. I’m sure I’ll be firing up the blog more often once I begin the unknown world of self-publishing!
Thanks to all of you for reading and staying interested as I venture through the tedious process of editing!! It means a lot and I promise to keep you posted!
“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” ~ Arthur Plotnik
Until next time….