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Loving to Edit?

Don’t know why it is ten times harder for me to edit than to write the first time. I think it has to do with training. Part of the training and skill we develop as writers. Contrary to popular opinion, writing a romance novel is far from easy!

That said, it is wonderful to see a story that you love, glow brighter, and that’s the way I’ve started looking at editing. Diana Gabaldon once told me, “I love the editing process. I get to polish all those jewels, make them sparkle, stand out.” Great advice.

I get distracted with other stories, so maintain a tabbed notebook and have almost a dozen other things I plot or jot down so I don’t forget them later. Funny how when I come back to them, what I wrote actually looks like someone else did it. Had no idea so much gets forgotten. And sometimes just thumbing through the pages of other story ideas will give me an idea when I’m stumped on a particular edit for a scene or chapter, or character trait.

I also get solutions to problems if I go to bed with it in my head, imagine the scene that’s not working and look at the “knot” – the best way I can describe the problem I’m working on – and dream on it. I’ve actually sat up in bed sometimes in the middle of the night with a startling solution. And most times, I have a good idea, even with dialogue and sensory details, all worked out for me in the morning.

Morning still is my best time for writing, mostly because it’s quiet–at least until the roosters start to crow, about 6 am. I have one old guy who crows whenever I turn a light on, just reminding me he’s still there, doing his job. If I get up sometimes to work on my computer at 2 or 3 am, he’ll crow to let me know he’ll watch for the sun, so I can concentrate on my writing!

Often thought about writing about vampire chickens. Nah, that would be too out in left field, not that my family doesn’t wonder sometimes…

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