Editing – Writing nightmare (?) #3

Editing – Writing nightmare (?) #3

Now that the first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel is finished, I am approaching the great world of editing for the first time, so I though “why not write a blog post about it?”.

I am far from being experienced about it, that’s why I searched for a definition first. This is what I found on Wikipedia (thank you Wikipedia for being the source of the most part of my knowledge):

“Editing is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible and film media used to convey information. The editing process can involve correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate and complete work.”

This explanation made me think that yes, I am not an expert, but I am not totally unfamiliar with the process too. Everyone who wrote at least a few essays at school is familiar with editing, because to write a composition for your literature teacher is neither more nor less than write a novel, except that a novel is longer and the raw material is all inside your head.

I don’t know about you, but I used to start essays by writing up a list of contents, then I organized them in a logical order (introduction to the issue, points in favour, points against, conclusion) and only at that point I actually began writing. When the first draft was completed, I read it through to see if something was in need of revision (and usually it was) then I wrote the fair copy. In the end I used to read the essay in reverse, from the last word to the first, in search of spelling mistakes.

My way of writing stories is more or less the same; I know where I start from and I know where I want to go. I try to summarize the contents at the beginning, just to have an idea of which points I have to touch upon, then I write the first draft. And this is usually the most difficult part for me. This is the moment when I tend to procrastinate a lot, to postpone writing in favour of other things (reading, writing blog posts, doing the dishes…), to feel insecure and to think that everything that comes out of my pen is absolutely nightmarish.

I experienced those feelings with “Segreti di una borsa”, my NaNoWriMo project. I wrote 50000 words in November because I was prompted by the competition, but then, when only a few more chapters were needed to end the story, I got stucked and struggled a lot on those few chapters.

Now that the first draft is here on my desk, the editing process is not the nightmare I expected (here’s the reason of the question mark in the title). Now that I have the whole material in front of me it’s easier to see weak points and adjust them.

First draft

Anyway, if editing is a nightmare for you, can I suggest you to hire Cinta Garcia de La Rosa as editor? You won’t regret it!

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