Time to Let Go
Hurray, my rewrites are complete! It has been a struggle but my crime novel is finally back with my editor for a final check.
The process of editing is extraordinary, and for me has been an overwhelming journey, but most rewarding and enjoyable at the same time. Choosing the right editor to work with is so important – there is a lot of trust involved. After all, an editor’s job is to analyse the work, pull it apart and offer the author advice on how to make the story stronger and more exciting for the reader. I am so grateful for the expert help from my editor, Kate, who has guided me through this process, and as a result I am much better at my craft. And to top it all, my story is now stronger and I am proud of it (hopefully, Kate will think so too). Here are a few things I experienced and lessons learned:
- Take time to absorb the advice given and don’t become disillusioned at the size of the task – it took me three months to get started. The fear gremlin set it!
- Accept and follow advice from someone who is more experienced and knows the market. It will mean cutting chapters, enhancing characters and writing new material to develop the story.
- Don’t rush the process – work through it step-by-step (thanks to my friends at IWSG for this advice).
- Ask the editor questions, if things are unclear or you are unsure about the direction you’re heading – my story changed a lot.
- Be confident and know that you can do it!
I have mixed emotions now the journey for this novel is almost complete, but I have not allowed myself to dwell on it and have started writing my next novel – but don’t be fooled: writing is another form of procrastination, dragging me away from the daunting task of marketing!
What is the most poignant lesson you’ve learned from the editing process?
I hope you are all well, and I wish you a super week.