Sunday, January 09, 2011

The Editing Process...

I had Disregarding Heaven ready to go months ago and have the rejection to prove it. The only thing the editor said when she rejected me was that my hero didn't come in soon enough. Yet I've seen books where the hero didn't enter right away and they worked just fine. So I added a preamble. I'm doing a scene where the hero shows in the woman's life two years before. Which what happened but is only referenced in the way I originally wrote the story. Let's hope it works.
One thing I'm seeing while editing this story is I'll get to a place and think "I should put X here" and I insert it. Then I read down a couple of lines and see X. So I thought of it originally and did put it in. This is slowing me down as I have to keep back tracking and re-fixing the stuff I added that was already there.
It just makes me want to write a new story. Which I started because I had an idea pop into my head and had to get it down.
So what's your secret to successful editing?


Charles Gramlich said...

I just read a book considered to be a classic in which the hero doesn't appear until a third of the way in. it's a graphic novel though so maybe that's different. Bloodstar.

Aimless Writer said...

I'll have to look for that one. I think most of this is just opinion and if I had gotten a different editor she might have given different feed back.