Thursday, July 28, 2011
Learning How Much I Get Wrong While Editing
Take my current endeavor for example. I'm tightening up my manuscript to hand over to Davin for the critique I won. I started out just working on the end because it wasn't really as good as I wanted it to be. But as I started reading through the story, I found huge errors. Like when I realized I'd had my main character being aware of things (aka more omniscient) than he should be. I was explaining the story via the character's internal mental dialogue rather than letting him learn things in a more natural way. Yeah, not a great way to showcase my writing ability.
So now I'm overly aware of this trait and I'm finding I did this more often than I thought. Wow, what a newbie mistake. On the good side, I'm catching these things where I might not have before. So I guess I can say I'm getting better at correcting myself, even if I haven't yet learned not to make these errors while I craft the initial story. Baby steps they may be, but at least it's a form of progress.
What big mistakes do you see as you go back to edit your work?