Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Editseditseditsedits

I'm totally engaged in edits right now for TRIPLE FAULT (CC #4). Yes, book four. I almost can't comprehend that sentence.

Interesting things I've noticed about this round of edits:

I manage to eliminate favorite words from my writing. Then, I come up with new ones. :) In CHASING BLUE, I was obsessed with "grinned." It was everywhere. In TRIPLE FAULT, I'd finally manged to ditch "grinned," but I tossed in two new words--"so" and "sooo." They *might* appear thousands of times. Okay, okay, not thousands, but enough to cause me to smack myself in the forehead when I reread my edited manuscript.

Chapter titles are so (Ack! The "s" word again!) one of the most difficult and most fun things to write. I heart them.

I might have to go back and read my own books to refresh my memory on certain events. Is that lame? I feel as if I should remember the things that happen in my own books! :D

Writing mean girl lines is my fave part and it's easy. That might say something about me...

And, finally, never stuff your edit letter with your precious handwritten notes to self in a cabinet and forget where it is. You might panic, tear up the house and then want to stab yourself in the eye with a pink pen when you recover the letter hours later.

5 shout outs:

Alyson Noel said...

I can "sooooo" totally relate to this! In fact, I'm GRINNING, yes I am. I may take your "grinning" and replace it with my worn out "smiling" if you don't mind!

And even though I'm keeping detailed notes, I still have to reread parts of EVERMORE and BLUE MOON as I work on UNTITLED BOOK #3!!

You are not alone, my friend!

Mitch Wallace said...

I know what you mean about favorite words. My current one seems to be "nothingness", or at least that's what my girlfriend tells me when she reads my drafts. Haha!

I'm not exactly in edit-mode right now. More of a total rewrite, and I've almost hit 30,000 words on it. Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP for my third draft?! I'm so excited!

Shelli said...

love the new look :) keep cracking!

Keri Mikulski said...
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Keri Mikulski said...

Urgh.. Edits! ;)

Best of luck.

 
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