Hidden Treasures

I talk to other writers and read other writer’s blogs about writing and revision/editing. Everyone seems to say that writing your first draft is the easy part and that editing is where the real work starts. I do not disagree. My police procedural, The .9 mm Solution, is being completely restructured while my dark comic Transgressive fiction, Weekend Getaways, or Adventures in Contract Killing, is getting expanded into even weirder extremes.

It is tedious and detailed work. It requires an almost re-thinking of the project, attempting to separate yourself from the original impulse that caused you to start writing the piece while at the same time not lose the spark of that impulse. Frustration can lead to satisfaction.

What I am finding as I delve into each of these disparate pieces is that there are hidden treasures, sections of description, turns of phrase, foreshadowing, interesting characters or locations. I am finding aspects of my writing that were not there five years ago, much less in my formative years. Experience in life and practice of craft do yield positive results.

Yes, the actual work of editing and revision is still fraught with fright and requires the ultimate in patience and concentration. But if we look in closer, avoid for a moment “The Bigger Picture”, those hidden treasures are our rewards and the signposts toward the completion of our work.

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4 Comments

  1. jenniferneri said,

    June 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I love those treasures! They are so rewarding!!

    I am one of those writers who find editing much more difficult than drafting. I think it’s because I draft in a kind of daze, letting the writing go on it’s own. I hardly dare breath even during this time, I just witness it. The editing more me is the challenge, and much more time consuming. Writing is re-writing 🙂

    Happy writing and re-writing!

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  2. tikiman1962 said,

    June 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    It’s funny you end with the quote “Writing is re-writing”. The tag on this month’s KWA newsletter is “They say you’re not really writing until you’re re-writing” and the meeting in July focuses on that exactly. Hey, at least it keeps us busy. (Oops, I forgot. You’re a mom; you’re already busy.)

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  3. lawrenceez said,

    July 6, 2011 at 4:31 am

    So true, although there’s a lot of frustration along the way. Good post, hope your writing and revising are going well.

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