I’ve been frustrated with my progress this month. Having an analytical mind, I wanted to discover its source. My editor/writing coach completed the first edit back in November. She stated the story had good structure. The changes wouldn’t involve a tear down, but just a remodel. She wanted me to focus on nine areas that needed improvement.
Naively I hoped for just a couple of tweaks and then preparation for publication. My story needs much more work and this became the source of my frustration.
The spontaneity of the rough draft had disappeared. Now every sentence requires more introspection and the judicious use of words.
Additionally, elements I really liked had to be “remodeled”. For example, I enjoyed describing a damselfish “pugnaciously defending its territory like a feisty Tinker Bell”. This reference to Peter Pan’s loyal servant ended up on the cutting floor as being too cute for my thriller genre. My editor/writing coach hit the nail on the head, but I’ll still miss this image.
My friend, Bill Percy, who has published two novels told me: “I enjoy the work after the editor has gotten done with it. Always feels like the work gets stronger, and the ‘art’ more creative”.
I do find myself getting more creative. I just have to accept this segment of the process. It’s time for me to take a deep breath and move forward.