Editing: Like Self-Imposed Amputation

Apology time! It feels like FOREVER since I last penned a blog post (even though it really wasn’t THAT long ago)… but I have a good excuse, I promise!! You see, I’ve been systematically cutting off my limbs. At least metaphorically. And by that I mean, I’ve been doing a MASSIVE overhaul of a manuscript that I wrote a while ago and have recently revisited only to discover that the story was there, but the execution most definitely WAS NOT. And so, for the last fortnight, I’ve been head-down, tail-up in crazy editing mode.

If you don’t believe me, check it out: 

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Or, if that doesn’t freak you out as much as it does me, then here’s a larger overview:

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I know what you’re thinking right now… and it’s probably very similar to this:

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But that’s because I really went to town on the manuscript. I was basically like this:

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And I have to say, while it was a LOT of hard work, the result is super satisfying. It’s been fleshed out and developed where needed, but it’s also been tightened where needed, too. The characters have more depth, the story itself has more impact… and, most of all, the writing is just better than it was. I’ve written four books since this one was drafted, and during that time I’ve worked with professional editors and proofreaders and learned SO MUCH… So being able to transfer that all across and make this manuscript all nice and shiny was, while challenging, an absolute joy. And I really am delighted with the result!

SO! With that now done, onto the next project! … Which kinda means I may be a bit like this for the next little while:

Buuuuut, fingers crossed I’ll actually be a bit more like this:

Wish me luck!

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