I’ve been having problems writing, so I thought writing about them might help. Heh. Yeah, writing about writing… that’s never really made sense. So, I guess this is more of a train-of-thought post than anything. I’d love to bounce ideas off of everyone and read about everyone’s processes and… stuff.
Yeah, I’m a great writer, can’t you tell?
On our way home tonight Chris & I got to chatting about my novel. I’ve asked him to look over the first few chapters of it as I’m editing it and give me some thoughts. Given that he’s completely different from me in the way we think – he’s logical, I’m emotional – I thought his different perspective would be pretty invaluable. I was right.
I haven’t worked on the book for about a year now. I’d finally started the first edit after finishing the whole thing, and there was one scene in particular that had been giving me a lot of problems. I was never really able to put my finger on why it was giving me issues, but with Chris’s help I think I’ve kind of figured it out.
With the edits I’ve done so far, the scene in question, ch6 sc1, became kind of redundant. The ‘quest’ is explained in a new chapter, and in the original draft, ch6 sc1 was the one to explain it. Since explaining it twice (even if it is two different characters explaining it) is unnecessary, I removed that bit of dialogue, but now the scene seems completely empty. I can’t just take it out, because it’s important to show the quest being shared, as all the characters that take part in this scene team up. I just… don’t have anything to fill it with. There’s a couple of small things I can keep from the previous iteration, but other than that, I’m blank. The scene is barren, useless, blah.
So, writer friends. Let’s talk editing existing writing. What’s your process? Do you use pen and paper, or do you prefer just to attack it in your word processor of choice? Do you do it in order? Do you edit until it’s perfect, or do you do one pass, move on to the next scene, and finally when you’re done with the novel, start from the beginning anew? What do you do when you find that you’ve moved content out of a scene, and need to create new content to fill it?
I’m curious to hear everyone’s thoughts on editing, and maybe even about my particular situation. :)