Thursday, May 5, 2011 least favorite part of the process

I am in editing hell.

There really is no other way to say it and this is my least favorite part of the writing process.  Seriously, ask Karla.

I spent the past weekend banging out an amazing amount of words for a full story.  I story boarded the entire thing from start to finish.  Saw how each part of the story was going to go.  Was so excited with the hero and heroine.  They were coming across exactly how I saw them.

The dialogue was fast and witty.  Their chemistry is right on.  

But then the editing started.  And by editing I mean filling in the rest of the story.  The background.  The back story (I got some great secondary characters here) and filler.  Let's face it, my story can't just be all conversation.  Well, it could.  But then wouldn't that just be a screen play? 

Now, I find I am dragging my feet on getting back to the story.  I don't want to be one of those writers that just has the good ideas.  Or can just see the story, I want to be one of those that can bring it to the page.  

Tell me how you fall back in love when the editing starts?


Linda G. said...

I'm afraid I won't be much use to you -- editing is my favorite part. I love to tweak and fiddle, and pretty much edit as I go, even during a first draft. (This is probably why it takes me so long to get through a "first" draft. Guess there are pluses and minuses to every writing style.)

Maybe somebody else will be more helpful. :)

abby mumford said...

i'm kind of in the same boat as linda. i like the editing stage because it means i've already got words on the plate and all i have to do is mix and match and rearrange until they sound stronger and better and awesome*.

*in my mind, at least.

Laura Pauling said...

That's a tough question. I guess it's realizing why you fell in love with the story in the first place. and taking the editing in bite sized chunks! Good luck!