So, I know it has only been a day since I complained about editing. I mean, how much could change in a day, right? Well, the answer is: a lot.
Here’s what’s happened.
Since I wrote Glory a few years ago, I reconnected with an old high school friend (yes, Lisa, that’s you). We talk a lot about writing and the writing process. She, too, is a writer – or, at least, wants to be (yes, Lisa, that’s my way of telling you you need to make more time to write!). We’ve even shared our work with each other.
She’s read both the original manuscript of The King’s Son AND the revised version. And she’s given me lots of constructive criticism on how to make my story better.
I had asked her if she would read my new version too, once I had finished it. And she had said that she would (which I’m unbelievably grateful for).
Now, here’s where things are different: instead of finishing the book and then giving it to her, I’m sending her each chapter as I complete it.
She reads it (I’m pretty sure on her way to work), takes notes, and sends them to me. I think about what she’s said. We get into a little dialogue. And then I make the changes.
It’s such a different approach from what I am used to. (She had actually suggested we do this over a month ago and I had said “no way!”). I usually do everything on my own before letting anyone else read it. I don’t even like to talk about what’s going on in my rewrite.
But I’m glad now that I tried it.
It has made the editing process a little more fun. And definitely less daunting.
It’s more of a collaborative effort than me struggling to do it on my own, where I end up beating myself over the head with my pens, hands, manuscript, or whatever else is handy at the time to use.
I like it. A lot.
To be honest, I’m not even so sure why I didn’t try it this way before (okay, yes, it’s because I’m stubborn and think I can do everything on my own).
Even Stephen King (who I greatly admire) has said: “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”
It’s great advice. And I’m glad that I’m finally doing that.
It just took me a long time to get there.