Wednesday, January 6, 2016
And I'm learning, but I admit I'm still not the best editor.
My first draft always leaves me in a rush, full of "was" and adverbs and anything I like--so I can get it all down on paper.
My work only shines when I work with another person, a professional editor, who asks me questions and makes me ponder word choice. But again, I'm learning.
The basics are sinking in, though. I've archived a list of words to take out like: up, down, just, really, very, that. I have constructions I go back and scrutinize. I get rid of all the lovely adverbs, too weak to live. I ruthlessly delete all stall phrases like "going to" or "thinking about" or a Southern favorite "fixing to".
Exclamation points disappear. Which is the exact opposite of my online correspondence. Anyone who knows me has gotten an "Awesome!" or "Cool!" or "OMG!" in a text or comment.
I despair over all my fictional, wandering, autonomous body parts. Someday I'll write a horror novel where pieces of a character wander off on their own to do their own mischief. I'll be vindicated for those hands that want to touch and lips that want to kiss while the main character sits back and watches.
So what I'm really saying with this long ramble is two things:
One - Dear reader, please forgive my childish writing at times. I'm learning. I'm ingesting the nuggets of wisdom from my writing mentors. But I'm a slow study.
Two - Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the professional editors out there that take the time to steer us newbie writers in the right direction and into elegant prose. I know I for one, would be lost without them.
And now...back to editing...editing...editing.
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.