And with so many first drafts, suddenly I feel like I will be editing for all of 2015. That thought used to terrify me. But lately I've been excited to dive in and whip these naughty WIPs into shape. I'm actually looking forward to slashing words, filling in the holes, and just generally revising until my eyeballs fall out. The world can thank Kim for that one, my joining "team revision love."
I NEVER thought I'd say that or have any change in opinion about editing. I used to hate it. Like doing it twice and want to die, kind of hate it. But I'm slowly moving from hating, to tolerating, to actually liking. SO WEIRD. So, so weird!
So on the topic of revising, I wondered what others thought about it...
I'd really love to know what everyone else things? If I were to fill this out, I'd probably be torn between drafting and revising right now. I'm not really a plotter, I mostly pants, but coming up with an idea and jotting down character descriptions and scenes that jump into my head is thrilling, and I suppose that's part of plotting. But revising is slowly creeping up to drafting in the competition of what's better :)
What's your favorite?
If it's not your favorite part, it is undeniably a HUGE part of the writing game. You draft once. But you revise a million times at every stage. You revise, let betas and Cps read, revise again, query, possibly revise again with an R&R, land an agent, revise, submit to publishers, land an editor, REVISE AGAIN. The revision process is almost never done, and yet you still only drafter once.
So I think it's safe to say that revision is a necessary process, so it makes sense to at least TRY to like it. For those of you who hate it, how have you overcome that?
Here are a few revision game plans I've found:
* The best around comes from Susan Dennard: Here are her basics, but look at all of her revising info
* Here is a really detailed step-by-step process to revising
* Writer's Digest has these tips
* I love this one because it's snarky and is a how-to edit the unmerciful suck out of your story
* Here's a short bit of advice
What are your favorite ways to edit? Do you use someone else's ideas?
*The Wild Things Editing: yes, this is my partnership with Kim :)
*If you're looking for content editing then look to Sherman Writing Services
*Tara Creel is a writer/editor friend
There are so many editors out there... where have you loved to go?