As most will know we have embarked on the half done, well 1/3rd done MS edit. Which has been a long, slow, painstaking fucking job and we still have around thirty pages to go, then comes typing up all the edits and all the writing which is a result of the NOTES made as we went along.
I’m not sure what is good or bad, given this is the first LONG piece of writing I have ever done, but the edit has been enlightening for me. I would almost suggest that anybody who is afflicted with BAD TYPING, BAD GRAMMAR and Bad spelling on occasion go and do this. Man have we picked up some issues and thats a good thing. It also allowed me to look at sentence structure and wording, the changes are significant from a Minor change perspective. But I have also made other notes.
Expand this, add more surrounds detail, what is he seeing, what is he feeling, whats the other guy doing during this and so forth. I have spent a lot more time of late, looking at what other people do, how they seem to do it and to be honest, a lot do bits and pieces very differently and i guess this means no one method fits all. You need to find what suits you, all stories need certain elements and the basics are required always, but just how you get there has to be determined by you and almost you alone. Input along the way is wicked, feed back, comments and thoughts for a person embarking on this are worth their weight in GOLD.
Undoubtedly, you will get advice which just plain sucks, i have also had a kick in the pants by a couple of people and thats a effin good thing as well. plus a slap by an editor who was kind enough to chat and kick my carcass around for 20 or so minutes…THAT WAS WICKED.
BUT, the real big one that has just surfaced is giving me some grief and to be frank, I have no fucking IDEA what one should do, I’m also willing to bet, its an issue with ALL AUTHORS.
As you look at your work, you see things and make changes, the key question is, just how long do you continue doing this and effecting these alterations, do you at some point become happy with what you have written, or will you having looked back over it again, fuck with what you have written once more. Is it a case of being satisfied and then as result of say a deadline, you simply cannot screw with it anymore.
Mine, well, its possibly able to be screwed with eight ways from Christmas, but the external person aside, HOW THE FUCK DO YOU KNOW WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!