Friday, January 8, 2010
My Starving Book
I thought I would let my No Kiss post linger a while, but I feel I should write about my editing experiences.
I have written my first novel ever to be shorter than 200 pages! Can you believe that? I guess it wouldn't be considered a novel then, right? I feel it has a good, strong story line, the characters are rich and believable and their trials are oh so real. The problem is that after reading a how to edit book, I was so self-conscious about writing that I starved my book! It is the most skeletal story I've ever written!
Well, I submitted this poor thing to Scrawl (my awesome critique group of bestest friends ever) and they gave it back to me telling me exactly what I knew it needed--flesh on its bones. LOL!
I've gone over their comments, suggestions and edits and have jotted down notes and set aside my notepad for the time being. I have to admit this: I am scared of it! I am scared of the great unknown.
Sure I have received critiques in the past before and have done many rewrites and edits and so on and so forth (I have 7 other books I have completed) but none of them are starved and needing so much building. It will be a challenge. A huge one. Maybe. Maybe not. I only think it will be because this is my first time. But you know what? I am up for the task. I have total faith in my capability as a person and as a writer to get the job done and I know my Scrawl will never lead me astray. I only feel bad for any frustrations they may have felt of reading a 'half baked' book!
I would love it if you shared with me how you have personally honed up to the challenge of rewrites when/if your editors/critiquers required one. On top of that, what is your process to combing through the comments and applying them? (I know that sometimes interpreting them can be frustrating as well).