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The Infernal Endeavor

 It has been a while since I have posted anything new, so I think it is time to update anybody who might be listening to what is going on. I have been back working on the edits of my novel ‘The Lost Prophet’. Unfortunately as with some writers editing for me is like a trip to the dentist for some people.

I have been working on my edits of this book for close to eight months now, I am now close to half way through the second draft and it has taken me almost as long to get this far as it did to write the entire first draft.  This has caused me to ponder what it is about the editing process that makes it so difficult for me.

There is a beauty in writing, an adrenaline rush as you create and form a world at your fingertips. the power inherent in fiction writing, or any writing for that matter is a heady thing.  It allows you to spread your wings and watch the landscape open up below you.  I always envision the final scene from “The Neverending Story” where Falkor the Luck Dragon flies out over the world and the story is written all over again, or the end of ‘Starchild’ where the world is remade in the image of the stories.

By contrast editing does feel like a trip to the dentist. It is necessary and good for you, but you spend the entire time being lectured by someone about how you are doing everything wrong. If writing brings you to the highest peaks then editing has the potential to drop you into the lowest valleys. Having to take apart what you have already write and analyze it by the numbers

and structure. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a numbers guy, I enjoy patterns and structure, but I have never been able to get behind the editing progress. I am striving to build my enjoyment of it, I want to see the patterns of the words and make them sing to the rafters.  Sometimes great moments in writing happen with inspiration on a blank page, but waiting for the inspiration to come and it would take

seventeen years just to write one novel. So I study my word choice, the way each character speaks, the imagery that I use to describe the places and the people, symbolism and mirroring, all of the things that place depth and meaning into the written word. I have to embrace this thing that makes me cringe, because if this is what I want to do then this is the best way to do it.

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The bad news is time flies…

So I was reviewing my last couple of posts to review what I have been writing about and what I have been neglecting.  I noticed that I have not gone over the status of my book and where it stands in the process of getting it to publication.

To review my goal is to have the book ready to released as an e-book by the first of February 2013.  As it stands that gives me less than six months in order to have the book ready to go.  Right now I am half way through the second draft of the book.

This means that in the next six months I need to finish the second draft, possibly have it professionally edited, and write a third draft, get the book cover designed and the final book laid out.  This does not sound like a lot of work to do, but any of my writer friends out their will tell you this is no time at all in which to accomplish this amount of work.  Especially since I still have to have time to work a full-time job in order to pay the bills.

This is the point in time where I start to have a nervous breakdown.  Now I’m hoping it is mostly the side effects of finishing my prescription to Chantix, but I still am faced with a large pile of work to be finished before the planned release date of the book.  I have to ask myself am I going to be able to reach that goal or is it time to consider the possibility of moving the release date back.

I did not pick the release date out of the air.  It is based on a pivotal date of importance in the storyline of the book itself.  It was a parallel that I wanted to emphasize with the release.  It is a large amount of work that needs to be completed as soon as possible, but I really think that If I can stay focused then I still have a chance to meet the date that I have already set.  I will need to try to remain focused on moving things ahead as much as possible.  I have to admit that this is not one of my strongest traits.  In the next couple of months the drop dead date will arrive and I will have to make the hard choice.  I hope when that day finally arrives that it is easy for me to say that I have done enough work to release the book as originally planned.  But we will have to see how much I can do before that date arrives.

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