I’ve completely finished the edits on my first draft!
Let me tell you, it was an ugly mess. I mentioned in a previous post that I thought the beginning was going to be the easier part (it was not), and I found the further I got into the story the better it became.
My husband said that “of course” that made sense. He said the further along I got the more came to understand what was going on and how the piece worked as a whole. It just goes to show you that every day is a learning experience. Even from people who don’t think they know anything about writing.
I am happy with the middle part of Neon Girlfriend considering that it’s still the first draft. I knew the ending I wrote was going to change, so I honestly left the last several pages unmarked because I plan on throwing them out anyhow.
Between the notes I made on the physical draft, the notecards I wrote out that contain the larger issues I need to deal with, and the fact that the ending needs to be redone, I think I’m in a decent spot. It may be stupidity thinking that amount of work is a good start, but my stubbornness and blind ambition are going to get me somewhere with this manuscript.
As I’ve been editing my own work I’ve been doing a lot of reading on editing. I find that reading about editing helps me be more aware of when I make mistakes in my own writing.
Case and point, I tended to use a lot of exposition in this first draft simply because I was trying to get the base down without losing momentum. I spend too much time describing things that I can show in scenes. That will be a brunt of the second drafts edits.
Still, I know that’s how I write. Or at least how I wrote this draft, so I’m not too worried.
I was reading Stein on Writing by Sol Stein, and he said
something that really struck me as monumental. He mentions hearing E. L. Doctorow once say, “‘Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader, not the fact that it’s raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.'”
It really resonated with me that for the first draft I’d been focused on telling the reader that it’s raining, and I think that’s fine for a first draft so that I could focus on laying out the necessary character motivations and plot points, but now, now I get to go back through and show the reader what it’s really like to breathe and move alongside my characters. I really cannot wait.
Are there any quotes that help your writing/editing process. If so, comment them below! I’d love to hear them!