Thursday, February 26, 2015
On Tuesday, I approached the subject of editing too much. One of you admitted to former over-editing, another to under-editing. Still another is friends with writers who edit overboard.
I think every writer has editing tendencies we don't speak much about. We talk about editing, sure, but not the little things. We dare not breathe a word about our quirks, hatreds or dirty little shames. So... let's go!
I sometimes don't edit poems I write... at all! It's rare, very, but some poems come out whole. Even a prizewinning one.
The more I dislike a piece, or myself, the more I edit my current works into the ground. If a published piece is back on my desk, I'll rip it to shreds in my disdain and utter contempt for the drivel I spew.
I edit my fiction meticulously. While a rare poem makes its way to me gorgeous, stories never do. I edit even the smallest pieces repeatedly.
Once an editor starts making suggestions, my first instinct is to cave and change everything he/she wants me to. Not so they publish me, but because they know better than me. Of course, I do stand up for my writing if it's something that would destroy it. But not before my brief idiocy.
I neither love nor hate editing, it depends on the project.
I often edit poems as I write them so the true originals almost never exist. And I don't keep consecutive drafts, either. What's done is done!
My first edits are almost all done by hand, not computer.
Okay, those are some of my editing confessions. What are yours?
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On the rare occasions when I write poetry I go for the spontaneous effect. What comes out for the most part is as it should be I think--as long as we have relatively good grammar and all. I might correct spelling if need be, or punctuation, but when I'm composing poetry I usually do so with meticulous intent sot that what ends up on the paper would almost be sacrilegious to mess with.ReplyDelete
In fact I write my prose in much the same way. I edit as I go--typically--and go back to make only minor adjustments of omitted words and such.
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A lot of people would condemn you for that. Nowadays, it's all about editing until your eyes water.Delete
And trust me, if you write a book and go through a traditional publishing house, they'll have major reconstruction for you to do. It almost never fails.
I do not consider myself a writer! But I am learning to lose words I overuse. I am terrible with punctuation.ReplyDelete
We all have pet words, even the most talented among us.Delete
I'm not great with punctuation, either and I write in extreme passive voice which is a huge no-no.
I edit in small sections--one chapter at a time. That's about all I can take of the pain of it!ReplyDelete
It's a great way to go about it, actually.Delete
I think I'd go bonkers attempting to write a novel, much less get one "publication-ready".