Editing: Kinky BDSM for Writers

Editing my own work always makes me feel like a masochist. It’s painful and downright torturous, but the hurt feels soooo good in the end. Well, assuming that the editing was fruitful and actually made the story better, and didn’t just flail it within an inch of its life into a big pile of misshapen mush.

And, well, that’s the problem, isn’t it? Usually, I know when my editing is making the story better. Usually, I can look at the previous draft, then look the newly edited draft, and say, “Oh yeah, the second is way better than the first.” Or, conversely, if my editing is not making the story better, I can usually catch that as I’m attempting to change it. “Oh crap, this is only making it worse.

Right now? Right now I’m working on the Cloudy with a Chance of Satan edits, and…

I don’t know.

I mean, yes. I can see that my rough draft needs work. I did not vomit gold the first time around. (Who does, right?) So editing is sorely needed. Which I have started.

But now, knee-deep in edits, I am looking at the torn asunder mess and wondering, “Did I just fuck it up?” I’ve added scenes, and rewritten them. Taken entire characters out, completely rewrote the four chapter, combined chapters, exed out others…

And I don’t know if I’m making it better.

I’m half afraid I’m making it worse.

I’ve been reading Chuck Wendig’s writing advice on editing to cheer myself up. It’s working, a bit. (And very useful for those of you who find editing hard or arduous). Yet I’m still looking at my manuscript and wondering…

Gah.

-Eris “Sea of Despair” O’Reilly

(Also, “Sea of Hyperbole.”)

(And “Sea of Uncomfortable Metaphors.”)

 

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Blog Hop: Cloudy With a Chance of Satan

I’ve decided to participate in a blog hop. It’s supposed to help showcase new works by writers, especially those that are due to come out soon in book format. So… it may be a bit soon for me, but I thought that I’d go ahead and participate. If anything, it’ll help prepare me for these questions in the future when I do have something coming out.

Anyway, without further ado, I present:

THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

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The End of NaNo.

Well folks. I survived.

I came in at midnight on November 30th at 50,237 words on my novel. (Okay, that’s a lie. I reached that number around 10:15pm, which then I immediately began emitting high pitched noises and bouncing around the room like the small child I am. Which I continued to do until about midnight. I’m sure my friends hate me).

But I did it! 50,000 words in 30 days!

I am, however, by no means finished with the novel. I’m only about half of the way through. (I did finish part one, though). And let me just say, as much fun as it was, I am utterly disappointed… disappointed that my two main characters STILL HAVE NOT KISSED *random noises of frustration*. (It’s a ROMANCE novel. C’mon people! Get with the romance already!!)

Anyway, now that it has been a few days, I am ready to continue. I have the first chapter printed and ready to edit. The first part (the part I managed to finish anyway) is a bit rough, but manageable. Nearly all the scenes are in the right order, and I don’t have much to add. So, soon I will have a decent excerpt to post on here to show you guys just what I’ve been doing for the last month.

Onward and forward, my friends!

 

-Eris

August NaNoWriMo

Aaaaaand… it’s August. I guess if I want to participate in this year’s summer camp NaNoWriMo, this is my last chance.

So I am. 🙂 I’m not going to work on a novel, per se; instead I’m going to finish up all my short fiction projects I’ve had piling up. Like Chuck Made Them Do It, and my Jim/Sherlock Just a Crush. And a new flame-review retaliation story. (It features the Winchester boys, butterfly nets, and trolls). Also on my to-do list are two new Sherlock stories I’ve been holding back, and finally, finally, getting together a readable, workable draft of King and Consort, for all you Okage: Shadow King fans out there.

That should easily get me to 50,000 words. The question is, really, can I do it in a month. 😛

Better get started!

Titles are Hard.

Still trying to come up with a title for my Jim/Sherlock fic I’m slowly finishing. I’m considering “Just a Crush” (lifted from She Wants Revenge’s song, “Tear You Apart”–the line “it’s only just a crush / it’ll go away”). But I’m going to write more and see if that sticks or if I come up with something better.

Really, right now anything will be better than the current title, which is “Crack!Fic for the Win!”. Appropriate, maybe, but not very descriptive.

Will update later. If Jim will let me.