It’s the lovely month of March. One of my favourites of the year. It’s starting to turn into spring, the weather is beginning to warm up, we’re before the April Showers but out of the dark, cold evenings of February. Also, there are cute baby animals everywhere.
This month’s WriYe blogging circle is all about editing. A word so many writers cringe at. Myself included, I won’t lie. But the blogging circle has questions, and I’m going to answer them.
Easy question: Why is editing necessary?
Now, I obviously can’t speak for all writers. On my end it’s necessary because I write first drafts without putting too much thought into things like flow. Sometimes I forget to check details from earlier in the book. Sometimes the story takes a sharp left where I had expected it to go straight on and I have no idea what I’m really doing for the last half of it. Editing is required because otherwise I’m offering a sub-standard product to my readers. And whether it be original fiction that I’m selling, or fanfiction that I’m giving away for free, I’m not comfortable with doing that. I want to show off my stories to the best of my ability, and editing is a big part of that.
Hard question: Do you enjoy editing?
I don’t enjoy editing as much as writing, is the short answer. Overall, I don’t mind it too much once I’m doing it. I’ll look at the idea of editing with disgust and do everything I can to put it off. But once I’m into the meat of editing, pulling scenes apart and changing up sentence structures and weaving subplots through better than they were originally, I really quite enjoy myself.
So, that’s a whistle-stop tour of my opinions and thoughts on editing. What about you? Do you enjoy editing? Why do you feel like you have to do it, whether you enjoy it or not?