I’m busy editing the final chapters of my crime novel Stone Angels after my publisher had worked through them. Stone Angels is as close to perfect as I can get it. Of course, there are bits I will miss. That’s the tough thing about editing, we writer are always too close to our work. The relationship we have with it is like any other personal relationship after awhile you stop seeing their flaws. You know your characters so well you can speak for them and finish their sentences.
This is where an editor come in. They are your reader, their relationship to your work isn’t personal. It is hard for a writer to let go and to see the flaws in their creation. We must have faith in others to pick up on the imperfections we don’t see if our work is to be very best it can be.
Jeanette Winterson (author of Oranges are not the only fruit) said, Don’t hold on to poor work. If it was bad when it went into the drawer, it will be just as bad when it comes out.
This means that all writing needs to be revised, no matter how perfect a writer might think their work may be. A second pair of eyes will find those little imperfections overlooked by its creator. Right now I’m off to finished reading through my edits. Later on, my husband will read through the chapters with me, before I send them back to the publisher. Russell is great a spotting things I don’t see. To him, my work is a thing and not a person, so he see warts and all.
Here’s the link to the Stone Angels book trailer.
Here’s the link to preorder Stone Angels. Thank you.
Have a great weekend. Be yourself, be careful and strive to be happy.