Conventional writerly wisdom says one should wait weeks or even (gasp!) months between finishing a first draft and starting revisions. But, dammit, I couldn’t wait that long.
Yes, Prrrrecious, I’m back….
The fact of the matter is I love to edit. I enjoy the process.
It’s the original story creation I find difficult. I’m hoping it’s like a muscle that I can exercise. Toward the end of my first draft, I do think it started to turn that way, and since I plan to continue this writing gig, I’m sure I’ll discover the truth of it eventually for myself.
My first draft is a mess, what with all the changes I made in plot, worldbuilding, and characters as I wrote. However, now that I have something to work with, I feel a little like a mad scientist: “We’ll take a bit of this and a bit of that and sew it all together…”
Er, maybe not.
I’m revising while taking a revision course, Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel, which I highly recommend.
Holly’s approach — oh, how to describe it to do it justice? She’s a “sideways-thinker” and so many of the exercises are fresh and exciting. But, to make my practical side happy, it’s also systematic and thorough.
Just in the first week, I see my story from a different point of view and it makes a huge difference. New ideas are bouncing around in my head and I’m feeling ever so creative. Which is a far cry from the wish to bang my head against the table most times I sat down to write.
Believe it or not, I’m having fun.
Which do you prefer, writing or editing? Has your preference changed over time? Does it get easier?