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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Editing my Novel: Day 4

Well, just as I predicted, tonight was nothing like yesterday. Tonight I could do no wrong. My fingers flew over the keyboard and every sentence I wrote sounded perfect. I felt like the computer screen was a big piece of stone and I was Michelangelo chiseling out the statue I saw waiting to be released from inside it. Really, if every day was like today, I think I could breeze through this whole editing thing in a matter of weeks.

But every day won't be like today. That's okay, though, as long as I have the occasional day like today to help me see past the bad writing days.

I'm still editing chapter 2, but that doesn't surprise me because I knew this chapter would be tough. When I wrote my first draft of this chapter, I was still trying to decide if I wanted to write the story in first or third person. So I switched back and forth between the two, trying to find the story's voice. Now that I know I'm going with third person, I'm having to clean up all of my earlier experimentation. I know that doesn't sound like it'd be fun to edit, but for some reason, it is. My guess is that the obsessive-compulsive part of me loves the cleaning and tidying up of all those different narrative styles!  :-)