The Rewarding Part


So, a few weeks ago, I put up a post about how editing is hard.  This wasn’t necessarily news for most writers, especially those who have taken the time to polish a piece for submission or publication.  It felt like news to me this time around.  Even though I’ve gone through the process many times before, and I have a book out, this most recent editing and revision pass has been excruciating.

But now I’ve gotten to the rewarding part.  I reworked over 300,000 words worth of variously revised chapters and scenes into about 132,000 words worth of beginning, middle, and climax.  I just have a few scenes worth of falling action and conclusion left.  I’m beginning to get excited about having a completed draft again. Continue reading


News Flash: Editing Is Hard


For the past several months, I’ve been working on the revisions of book two in the Sword and Shields series again.  I started drafting this book before Strong Fort Spathí (book one) was even released.  I’ve been working on the revisions for more than two years.

Editing is hard.

This draft has been through a few dozen rounds of editing and revising so far.  One round broke the story into two books.  A later round brought it back together into a single book.  This round has involved a brutal amount of cutting, re-writing, and re-drafting. Continue reading

March & April Writing Reflections


So it’s May now, which means April is over.  Anyone who has been following along the past couple months knows that for me, April means two things: Camp NaNoWriMo and the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

This post is reflecting on how those two things have gone this year.

So, they both technically happen in April, but with two things going on, I prep for A to Z in advance and schedule out all the posts, so that’s usually more of a March project than an April one.

Not so much this year. Continue reading

E is for Editing: Dot That I and Cross That T


If you stumbled upon me through the A to Z Blog Challenge, welcome.  If not, check out the challenge and all those participating at their site.


Editing is a strange process to go through as a writer.

It’s a necessary and important process, yes, but also strange, bizarre, and often uncomfortable as well.

What I mean when I refer to the editing process is any and all things a writer does to improve their manuscript between first and final draft.  This is the revising of existing text, the cutting of text, the adding of text, the reworking of sentences, the receiving of feedback, the repeating of the above processes, the copy-editing, the formatting, and everything else you can think of.

The process is strange by sheer complexity.  It incorporates so many things, with such varied outcomes and one single purpose: make the piece better.  Editing is also a very unique thing for any given writer.  Just as no two writers follow the same writing process, no two writers follow the same editing process. Continue reading

Road to Revision


Last week, I gave you a peek into where the setting for Strong Fort Spathí originated and how it evolved into what it is today.

This week, I’d like to give you a little glimpse into how a whole book travels from first draft through revision, at least for me.

Revision, like most writing related things, is both universal and intensely personal.  There are common steps, common tools, and common practices, but each author mixes and matches the steps, tools, and practices that work best for them in order to get their work done.

I’ve been working on the second book in the Swords & Shields Series since I finished the first draft of the first book, Strong Fort Spathí.  When I’m working on a larger set of pieces, like a series of novels, I tend to continue the drafting of the series while I start revisions on a given book. Continue reading