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What’s your relationship with editing? #AmWriting #AmEditing

Since the swamp has been very, very loud the last few weeks from the moans and groans and screams of editing authors, let’s talk about editing.

Free Red Pen Stock Images - 7055204Some people are able to get pretty darn sparkly first drafts out. (I’m eyeing you, Wicked). Others not so much (avoids mirrors).

Some people love this time in the writing process. They revise and rewrite draft after draft until the book shines. Others… yup, not so much.

And some people have different moods based on the individual book they’re working on.

I’ll admit, when I first started writing, I didn’t like what sometimes felt tedious and time consuming, even knowing it’s a very important step. Slowly, me and editing have come to terms with each other 😉

The interesting thing I’m dealing with now, however, is reworking and editing (mostly writing fresh) an older book. The last time I worked on this story was a few years ago, but I’ve delved back into the world and still love it just as much.

The writing… MY writing… urm, has *definitely* improved, LOL.

Which is actually why most of what I’m doing these days is scraping down to the bones and starting fresh. Because–and ask any writer to go back and read something they wrote a while ago–we are all (hopefully) growing as writers. Our skills, basic craft, as well as our imagination, changes over time. And that’s an awesome thing 😀

Q4U: What’s your current relationship with editing like?

~ Amber

 

 

Starting Over & Refreshing the Well

Free Well In Monastery Stock Images - 2986804So I’ve decided I needed to take a break from writing my Heart of a Vampire Series for now, let the creative juices get back to flowing.

What does a writer do when their current series just isn’t working for them at the moment?

I decided to go back and relook at some of the novels/stories/beginnings/and so forth that I have worked on in the past.

My Angels (the book of my heart) just wasn’t calling to me either. So I continued to search.

And finally found my Ah-Ha.

The hardest part about doing this is that as writers, we grow over time. Looking at a book I wrote two years ago had me shaking my head, snorting in disbelief, laughing at myself, and suddenly resiting the urge to drown my sorrows in a *good* book, LOL.

Guess it’s a good thing I still love the story. But it does mean I’ll be starting over. Taking the basic idea, reworking and rewriting.

Hopefully I’ll have it done by the time Eerie comes out of hiding, he’s been threatening to steal my whips if I don’t get back to blogging and writing 🙂

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