Beauty or Pizza?
I love the colours and the layering of this picture, which hangs in the entrance hall of my home. I see delicate tiers of coloured glass flowers and find it soothing to look at. My husband calls it my ‘Pizza’ picture and sees layers of scrumptious toppings. Hmmm.
However, in order to capture such an exquisite image there must have been a lot of work in its creation. A lot like the layers and hard work that goes into the process of editing. Since December, I’ve been editing my novel and to be honest, it has been a lot more difficult than I imagined and extremely time consuming.
I actually thought I’d finished this novel in November 2014 but when I had it critiqued in April last year, there were certain areas of the story that needed addressing – one of which was the word count. At 65,000 words it didn’t fit into the traditional publishing requirements and therefore no agent would even consider it. In response to this, my dear writing friend told me to go ‘deep’ with my characters, rather than create a sub-plot, which may ruin the overall flow of the story.
During the editing process, I actually became irritated at myself for making such whopping beginner mistakes:
- Repetition of words and phrases - this annoys me when I read other people’s work, so why am I doing it?
- Giving irrelevant characters a place in my story and even on occasion giving them their own POV – got rid of them, how dare they interrupt my story.
- Far too many similes and metaphors that served no purpose – deleted! I must be more confident.
It has been an eye-opening experience and I still have some work to do but I’m on target and am pleased with the results so far. I will be forever grateful for all the advice from my former tutor and writing friend, Lynne, whose critiques I look at regularly and to Anne Rainbow who shared her 10 point editing cycle process.
What editing process do you use? Do you make cringeworthy mistakes? Do you edit your own work or pay someone else to do it for you? Do you look at my picture and think of PIZZA ???