A to Z Challenge 2013

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Learning How Much I Get Wrong While Editing

I don't know about you, but when I edit something I haven't touched for a while, I find instances where I obviously checked out my brain for a while and just let my fingers continue to type.  And the longer it's been since I touched a story, the more chance there is that I'll doubt whether I was really sane while I wrote it.

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?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Repetition of words. My critique buddies showed me even more things I did wrong, and now I am really aware of those problems. Should make writing the third book really interesting.
Congratulations on winning a free critique.

Travis Erwin said...

Any writer who recognizes and corrects their weaknesses is a good writer and to be commended.

Sarah Allen said...

Everybody has certain writing weaknesses, and what shows that you're a good writer is that you're aware of them and working on fixing them. And thats what editing is for, right? First drafts are allowed to be crap.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

DEZMOND said...

the kitten seems to be ashamed :)