So more often than not, I let one of my beta readers go through it before I do a lot of editing. I promise, it gives them a feeling of accomplishment to muck through such drivel. I know they feel sorry for me. Such a delusional writer. Or is that disillusive? Doesn’t matter. You get the drift.
Like a lot of writers out there, I edit along the way. I’m not a fast writer, so wherever I leave off, I go back to the beginning of a chapter and read, correcting and checking, until I’m back in the mood of the scene and start writing again. So technically it’s edited numerous times.
I write by the seat of my pants, in the mist, or like some people call it, make sh*t up. That’s something I would like to change. Next year I plan to do some light plotting. Nothing in-depth. Just something that will keep me moving it along and help my daily word count. I normally do a little plotting about midway into the story. Enough to ensure I hit all the high points and know where the heck I’m going. So it shouldn’t be a problem. Riiiight.
So in the spirit of the holidays, I’m giving away a former critique partner’s book away. Christy Reece survived critiquing a few of my books and even became published despite what little help I was to her. I have two copies of NO CHANCE to give away. All of Christy’s books are my kind of books. Love each couple’s dynamics and the danger of undercover work.
I also have one of Linda Howard’s to give away. If I remember correctly Linda doesn’t go over her book again after she completes it. She said she edits along the way and that’s enough. I say, “You go, girl!” I have one copy of DEATH ANGEL. I love her alpha males and this one is for sure alpha. He’s a little cold, but there’s something still redeemable about him. It’s a little different from her other books, but I still enjoyed it, especially the balcony scene. HOT!
All you need to do is comment and I’ll place your name in a hat to draw at random. So you can tell me any or all the following. 1) How do you feel about editing? 2) What is your editing process? 3) What are you planning to change about your writing process to be more successful next year? E.g., to finish that first of tenth book or make that book zing and editor worthy.
And for the sexy picture of Bruce Willis? I just wanted to share.