Edits

Editing is time consuming. Apparently I like the words “directly” and “suddenly.” Good news for me, punctuation is tight and my manuscript is more active than passive. Some changes, ok ok, many changes in the first four chapters. But it’s a task well worth the time. It’s what I’ve been up to lately. I needed a break so here I am to share an excerpt from one of my chapters. Since I’m in the process of editing it’s subject to change but here goes:

Liz got to her feet and steadied herself against the wall. Her dark blonde hair mangled, clothes twisted. Bill, Margaret, and George looked about the same, like they went through a twister.
“I can’t believe this,” Liz said as she looked around the room.
A second before a fierce fight between the serial killer and her ancestor abruptly ended, both apparitions disappeared, to where she had no idea.
George helped Margaret get to her feet, she more anxious than he to get to Liz. She dashed across the room excited.
“Liz, are you all right?”
She and Liz both looked around at what they expected to be a mess. Everything in the room, a war zone seconds before, was intact.
“We don’t need a séance now.” Margaret said with a wide grin.
“The clock, Margaret, did you hear the clock?” Liz asked.
“Hear it! My ears will ring for weeks!”
“Hey, everything… looks normal,” George said, scratching his head.
Bill laughed and said, “Everything except you three.”

Overall the story is dark. Some scenes aren’t meant for all readers. This is an example of me attempting to lighten things up to give the reader a break. The fight ended. The characters are excited but see how things are getting back to normal, from, “I can’t believe this,” to wide grins and laughs.
Yes I did notice the words like, twisted and twister. May change when I edit chapter six.
My manuscript needs work. I’ve decided not to rush the process. I’m concentrating on active vs passive, conciseness, word usage and well rounded characters. My goal, try not to drive the editor crazy. Not me. The real editor. I’m a self published author who has learned the hard way, editing matters.

Fried!

41,700 words and five days left. 8,300 words to complete this first draft and have at least 50,000 words at the finish. I don’t know if my main character, Macon is going to make it. I don’t know if I’m going to survive it either.

It feels like I’ve lived in this fiction world too long, like I’m not going to come back from that other world, my imagination. And I love it! Though my head hurts a bit.

Regardless, I’ve managed to get through some tough times so far and Macon’s going to have to be a man about it. Well, I’ll give him some credit. He did just beat the crap out of one of his enemies. After he gets out of medical he may even do some more damage.

Who knows what will happen next! But I do know that some NaNoWriMo particpants have finshed their 50,000 words! Yes they’ve been posting their accomplishments. Congrats! Funny I could’nt spell that word in it’s correct unabridged form.

Anyway, I envy all who have completed their drafts. Yes, I do, and I can’t wait to go back after my draft is completed to read what I’ve wrote. Disastrous as it might be, I’ll let that thought go for a minute, or five days, the thrill of completing a first draft let alone doing it in 30 days is, well, a ride.

Maybe there’s hope for me afterall, hell I don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m fried!

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