Wednesday, August 7, 2013
A Battle with Editing
I absolutely love writing and enjoy the vastness of trying to put something on paper that I have been turning back and forth in my head. Editing however is another story entirely.
The problem is that there is a lot more too writing than just that. There are other things that need to be done including planning, research, asking for help, editing, cutting, artwork [when applicable], contracts, personal reading, and many many others.
Many of these things takes practice, experience, and a large amount of effort to accomplish.
It seems that the moment I become comfortable with where I am at....I get knocked down back to size. I have done this to myself. I have witnessed it at writing conferences and most recently....from the Editor I paid to review my writing.
As a beginning writer, I felt it was important and rather essential to have someone with an outside prospective to evaluate my work. This happened several steps after my own editing, beta readers, and some other help. I thought it was going to be a hard decision to do....but it wasn't.
I really didn't want to keep making the same mistakes over and over again and fail to understand that they were mistakes. An editor with no actual ties to myself was ideal.
For my first manuscript - I received the edit back after several weeks. It is exciting to see where they enjoyed what I wrote and it was overwhelming all the changes they recommended. I understand that not everything needs to be done - but I didn't pay them to endorse me...I paid them to make me better. I will look hard into what was said and what needs to be changed.
So now, I am off to edit some more. Wish me luck.