Editing Whine

I hate editing.

Well, no, that’s not entirely true.  I don’t really mind editing – it’s making the changes in Word that gets to me.

I’m still slogging through the changes to Book One of The Academy of the Accord and Book Two is waiting to have its changes entered and Book Three’s hard copy is being edited so it’s going to be waiting to be changed in Word soon too.

Somehow making changes on paper seems to go faster than entering said changes in Word.

And that’s a large part of the problem.  I should probably slow down (once I catch up to myself) and enter changes as I go.  That way they would still be fresh in my mind and I wouldn’t have to struggle so hard to read my handwriting.

But on the other hand, I’m working on continuity (or trying to) so having the whole thing with me so I can check back on stuff makes sense.  (Eventually I’m going to have to binge read/edit the whole thing over the course of a day or two for a continuity check.)

And the worst thing is that I’m second guessing myself.  I was working on Book One before work yesterday and had a bit of an “ah-hah!” moment that let me salvage a fair amount of stuff that I had been going to cut but kind of wanted and needed to keep.  But now I’m not sure if what I kept is still valid because I’m thinking that I might have made a change earlier that makes this scene not possible.  But I can’t find any mention of that change so maybe I dreamed it or thought about it or toyed with the idea, or…

Yeah.

I hate editing.

I would stop and start over at this point — or maybe finish it and print it again and start over with a fresh copy of the current round of changes — but I’m going to be doing another round anyhow and there’s a beta reader waiting so I may as well wait until she’s given me her suggestions and then do it all at once.

Except I feel like it’s still full of plot holes and inconsistencies and shouldn’t go to a beta reader until they’re fixed, but…

But I’m already thinking that a release date of January of next year is looking rather unrealistic.  I’m still going to try, though.

 

 

 

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One response to “Editing Whine

  1. I agree that editing can be such a hassle. My favorite part of the editing process is actually the cutting part. I love the feeling of cutting words because, it is so much easier than rewriting a section to make it fit. If I come across a scene that really doesn’t move the plot forward, I chuck it out.

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