24 May, 2013

Edit Pain Syndrome

Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/237142736601212994/
It's close enough to Book Pain Syndrome in that prolonged editing leads to discomfort, specifically of the body and mind.

I'm eight or nine scenes ahead of where I scheduled myself to be, so I feel comfortable taking a short mental break from the editing to write the new scene in Chapter 4. So far I've only added paragraphs here and there, but this one is a complete rewrite of a scene I wrote during NaNoWriMo.

That's the highlight of doing multiple drafts, though. You force a scene during the first draft to get to where you need to go, and then the second draft is for cutting and replacing with something that flows and is cohesive to the overall storyline.

For the record, all of that can be exhausting -- but! the benefits of the editing outweigh the temporary discomfort. When they said editing can be painful, they weren't kidding.

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Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of No Signal, Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects.

When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.