Monday, 15 June 2009

The Joy of Editing and Catherynne M Valente

I started reading my novel last night, and editing some stuff to see if it works better.

I'd got myself caught in this trap where I was writing one person's POV as if she was talking to someone in her head (her chapters are supposed to be like diary entries). I was trying to be clever- which is never a good sign. It really wasn't working so it felt great to change it all back to past tense.

The great thing about having left it for a while (over 3 months, I believe), and having worked on a few short stories in between, was that I'd forgotten a lot of it and it became new and exciting for me again. I started being able to pick out the areas where I hadn't explained enough. Also because I had that distance, and it wasn't fresh in my mind, I found bits that even I didn't know what they meant!

I think working on shorter pieces has helped me focus on how I write and has changed my style for the better. I feel a lot more confident that I can write different characters now and not have them all sound the same.

It's also been good to work through the notes my writing partner made on some of my chapters. I can see where she's coming from and I also think that after a while I'm going to be able to pick out the things that she'd pick out.

If you're looking for something to read, try Catherynne M Valente's online novel, donations gratefully received:

http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/fairyland/

To read why she's putting her novel out this way please visit here: http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/487082.html

The Orphan's Tales is a gorgeous book, one of my favourites. I can't recommend it enough. Check out all her books and info here: http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/

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