- Frequent retelling of the same scene from the point of view of different characters which only served to stall the story.
- Needing to watch my telling v. showing issues
- Tense shifts
The investigator in me (my day job) came out and I prowled my pages searching out the literary culprits. Once found, I sliced and diced until what remained were sentences and phrases pleasing to the eye and the palate. I read them, said them out loud to my kids, and read them again. When they worked, they passed. When they didn't, I slashed and burned them again. Before I knew it, I had cauterized and reworked the first thirteen chapters. So, I shipped them off to my editor and held my breath. The email came back fast.
Woo-hoo! Invigorated, I attacked the manuscript again. Whipped out my sword and hacked through chapters fourteen through twenty-two. Ha! I must have been sleeping when I wrote those. Done! Confidently attached those and flung them. New email. I was a pleasure to deal with. What? Wasn't this what I was supposed to do? Maybe I was new at this, but I was sure this was part of the publishing procedure. I felt it was my duty to keep my eye on the prize. I guess I didn't know some writers didn't always feel the same way. As far as I am concerned, we were all on the same page....getting me published. Why would I throw any monkey wrench into that process?
So it is with great pleasure that I announce that today, a day ahead of my self-imposed schedule, I have completed the edits. My editor is more than pleased and mentioned I will now move on to line edits. Never heard of those, but you know what. I am into this. Bring it on!