This week I’m editing.  It’s not my favorite part of the writing process, but I think I used to enjoy it more than I do now.  I’m not sure why that is; the process now is pretty much the same as it’s always been, consisting of me reading through the work, looking for typos and inconsistencies and places where I just didn’t know what I was talking about.  If anything, editing should go even faster than it used to; I’m a much more attentive writer than I was two decades ago.

 

I think sometimes it might have something to do with an author’s inability to read their own work.  And that’s what editing is, especially after that first draft, re-reading the story.  In many cases it’s re-reading the story you JUST wrote.  For me, I finished this first draft … about 2 weeks ago, I think.  But I started it back in October 2023.  I’m not sure why it took me three months to write a 23,000-word story, but it did and here we are.

 

So now I’m editing it, re-reading it, checking for typos and inconsistencies and places where I just didn’t know what I was talking about.

 

I think for this one, part of the problem might be in the fact it’s part 4 of a series of novellas, this installment wrapping up the whole story, and I’d really like it if some of the details wrapped around to form a nice whole package.

 

For instance, there’s a side character in the scene I’m currently editing.  In the story this character’s name is Ronnie.  In book one of the series, there’s a side character named Parker who the main character is sure is in love with his daughter.  This idea is never mentioned past book one and I feel like the Ronnie character should have been named Parker, thus tying a little bow on this character’s whereabouts throughout the rest of the series, but when I got to that part today, I just couldn’t be bothered because it wouldn’t be just a simple matter of a search and replace, I’d feel I needed to call back to that scene from book one and I not only don’t remember enough of it without pausing what I was doing and going back to look it up, thereby having to either dig out the physical copy of the book, or open the file, I also just didn’t want to bother with it today.  For me, for NOW, it’s much easier to just leave it as Ronnie and not make mention of the short nothing scene Parker had in book one, and get to the end that much quicker.

 

And then, for the rest of the time I’m editing this piece, there’s gonna be that voice in the back of my head that says to go back and tie it all together.  And I honestly don’t know how long I can ignore that voice, or have any idea what other parts I’m going to see as I work through the rest of this draft that it’s going to insist I go back and rework.  Editing just isn’t as fun as it used to be.

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