Hard to believe isn't it? I'm actually enjoying editing my books. Editing backwards is a really good way to force me to read the sentences and paragraphs independent from the story they tell. This enables me to make them cleaner, more concise and in general flow better.
I've stopped caring about how bad my writing is. I've stopped caring about how much trouble I have taking the stories of my mind and translating them into words on a page. I just let it all go.
I also stopped caring about how long it takes to write or how much more time I have to spend editing. It doesn't matter. The great thing about writing for myself is: I don't have a schedule or a time table. When its done it will be done.
Every time I edit the book, even if I can only sneak in a few pages while my son's sleeping or a few hours on Sunday morning before the rest of the family wake up, I make the book just a bit better. That's actually really cool! Its thrilling to be able to see a sentence and think, "Man that's choppy, I wonder if there's a better way to say it," and then come up with a better way.
I've been working on a book called, "The Warrior Finds Peace." Its years old and very short (about 33,000 words). I consider it a novella, the first of a trilogy. There's a character in it that's been bugging me since day one. I have felt that "Victoria" should be more important. I even eluded to it in the original text, but when I finalized the plot she wasn't even in the last chapter. This nagged at me.
While editing over the weekend it hit me. I finally got who she is and carefully weaved that plot element into the story. It required very little reordering and explains a series of coincidences that crop up earlier in the book. It also paves the way for her to play an important role in the next book which is currently writing itself in my head whether I want it to or not.
I'm editing backwards and I hit page 75 over the weekend. That's about half way through. Its really slow going but I don't care any more. It will be done when its done and it will be as good as I can make it. And I'll take the experience of editing it forward to the editing of "Yama: the Angel of Death" which is next on my to do list.
The great thing is: all this mish mashing around in the text trying to determine the best way to write a thing is helping me become a better story translator, so, hopefully, my writing will improve. I have two more stories to edit and I might take my story blog ("The Cave of Possibilities") to book form at some point. Perhaps someday my editing will catch my writing. I hope not though. Each is fun in its own way. I hope I never run out of ideas, never run out of stories to edit.
Thanks for reading!
Causes Brian McKee Supports
I support the cause of peace via peaceful means.