The Biggest Problem
July 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
I feel like the biggest problem with editing is that usually you need to be aware of what it is that you’re doing. You need to be at the top of your game, you need to be aware of grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation, etc. These are thing that you really don’t think about when you’re typing up the first draft. With first drafts, you could be writing up until 5am in the morning, your grammar has gone out the window but it doesn’t matter because you have the words. The first draft is about having something to work with.
Which means that the second draft is to actually work with this something. You can’t really edit at 4am in the morning because the punctuation all blends together and you don’t really know if what you’re doing is right or wrong.
The other problem is that you’re editing the plot, so that means you need to be actually be aware of your plot so that you can avoid plot holes. If you’re like me though, you can’t actually plan so you don’t have proper plot outlines and character sketches. This is problematic because at the beginning of your book your main character has black hair and blue eyes but by the end she somehow has brown hair and green eyes? That’s… not right.
This also constitutes that you’re constantly on your toes to be able to catch these things out (though in all honesty, your novel should go through a few edits/rewrites and a couple of beta readers before you’re ready to send it off to agents/publishers). Since I’m a person that is hardly ever conscious of what she’s doing, being aware has proved to be a tad difficult. I’m used to multi-tasking when writing; talking to 5 people on skype, 5 more people on facebook, browsing tumblr, tweeting on twitter and writing all at the same time. You can’t really do that when you’re editing because you need to focus.
This is kind of my long-winded way of saying that I haven’t edited much this week.
But I’ll get to it! Promise!