Girls Write Out
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Unlike our own, Colleen Coble, I'm not a big fan of the editing process.  I do not get all excited about seeing all that red on my paper -- no more than I did when I was in the fifth grade.  Yes, I know it makes the book better.  No, I cannot live, nor would I publish without it.  But that doesn't mean I have to like it.

Plus, the Chicago Manual of Style keeps changing, so there are constantly new rules about where a comma should be, and I don't care to keep up.  Make up your MIND already!  My friend and editor Nancy Toback is a tough editor.  I did a screen save on page TWO Of my current manuscript and I think we can see that I have a lot of work ahead of me.

There are weeds in the field as we toil.  I  understand I edit.  But I do not have to like it.  What's the one part of your job that you could do without?
posted at 1:58 PM  
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At 4:48 PM, Blogger Iola said...

Actually, that screenshot is encouraging. I sometimes feel guilty for the amount of red on screen after I've edited something for a beginner writer, so it's good to know:
1. Red is normal
2. Popular published authors still get lots of red on their manuscripts too

At 12:38 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Red is very normal and I truly am happy for all you editors do. You are a blessing, but it's that initial shock of color that gets me every time!

At 2:24 AM, Blogger SolariC said...

I'm a teacher, so I pour out red ink on other people's writing, but I'm also a writer, so I pour red ink all over my own writing, too - I think that's fair, since I understand both sides of the editing relationship that way!

As far as a part of my job (as a writer) that I could do without...I think I'd have to say the 2nd revision, when I realize just how much work I have left on a novel. The first is fun, the third is fun - but the second is tough slogging!

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

I edit video and that is also a long process. I just yesterday told someone that I could never be an actress, rehearsing the same words over and over again. By the time I'm done editing, I'm so tired of the video I don't care to hear it again. It's been a while since I edited a book/story, but grammar changes I think I could do easily. Edits that entail rewriting scenes or adding specific elements to enhance the story I think would be harder, but of course one does want the story (or video) to be the best it can be so I guess it's a necessary evil.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Grammar and punctuation rules change?! What?! ;) I was led to believe they were hard and fast rules- I'm way too old to change now! Not that I follow them anyway....

Hardest thing for me is taking pics for my blog. Or maybe I should say, taking good pictures. Very frustrating- need a better camera, a steadier hand, and some training!

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Sandie, I'm glad to hear it's the same with video, that you get tired of it. It gets old seeing the same thing over and over again. I thought film would be more exciting that way.

No Sheila, sadly the rules do change. Editors in the business have to keep up and they've changed a lot since I was a journalism major. I'd love to pull out my own CMOS and see the difference!

The hardest change for me is not in commas and the like, but the two spaces when typing. I have to do a find and replace to get rid of what I do automatically after each period.

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Nancy Toback said...

Are all those red marks really mine, Kristin? LOL I'd never know it while reading your chapters. I'm so into your stories that I forget to edit, then I have to go back and read again. Loving your latest!

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh sure, act innocent! LOL Yes, they're yours, and they're all right. I'm just trying to show writers that editing is a natural part of the process.


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