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Villains & pedicures

If you’re anything like me, you love reading a good internal monologue in the middle of an action sequence.

Wait. I don’t love that. At all. As far as I can recall, I didn’t love it six years ago, either. So why the heck did I write so much of it back then?

Ginny slammed the stake through his heart and cried, “See ya, sucka!” She then wondered sadly if it was right of her to celebrate the end of a life. But if he’d already died a long time ago, was this death really death? Or was she just freeing him, rather than killing him? He was a monster, after all, or she wouldn’t have been forced to toastify him in the first place. It was his fault she’d had to do it, for the good of humankind, even if he had a mother, and sisters and brothers and children before he’d been vampified. She considered these weighty matters mournfully for several pages.

Meanwhile, Mr. Toast’s companion got a pedicure and read some Jane Eyre while waiting for her to make peace with her inner monsters, which were at least as ghastly as said companion. When he wasn’t getting a pedicure.

That’s not an actual excerpt, mind you. It’s my 45-second approximation of such a scene. I’ve killed dozens of such scenes on sight the last few weeks.

I’m 80% of the way through my first edit of The Monster’s Daughter’s sequel. Each page I edit feels like a victory, since I frankly want to toss my computer out the window and wash my hands of the ordeal every 20 seconds. A little piece of me dies inside when I think that I have another sequel yet to first-edit. Since that sequel, the third of the Glass Ball trilogy, was written in the same month as its forebears, I feel like I can reasonably assume it shares their flaws.

@#)$@)#$*)!@#. (That’s me dying some more inside.)

The good news is that editing the trilogy is really benefitting my WIP.  Every several sentences, I ask myself, “Will editing the last few sentences make me want to jump off a roof?” So far, I haven’t answered “yes” even once, but it’s good to keep checking. This diligence now is an investment in a happier, saner future me.

If my WIP’s Tuesday teasers are a little awkward, I hope you’ll forgive me. I’m trying something new and better. The work—and my writing!—will be spiffier for it in the end, but it’s bound to be a little rough at the start.

Speaking of “Tuesday teasers,” I’ll be blogging about writing Tuesdays and Thursdays. The other weekdays will be for personal reflections. You’ll get a blessed break from me on weekends, which I’ll spend tearing out my hair whilst editing.

As I do, I’ll most likely be muttering, “The next edit will be easier. The next edit will be easier. The next edit will be easier.”

I’d cross my fingers, but that probably wouldn’t help my editing.

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  1. April 28, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Ouch…I’m dreading editing my novel (once I finally finish it. First thing’s first.) See this is why I like short stories: my friends don’t get why I don’t just buckle down and finish my novel but I frankly enjoy the brevity of a short story. I can crank out an idea and be onto the next one the next day, and before I know it I have enough material to cram into a short book! Actually the book I’m wanting to publish here soon took me forever to do, but that was more dragging my feet due to anxiety and insecurity than anything else (probably why my novels not finished yet too.)

    • April 28, 2011 at 5:55 am

      Writing my new WIP feels so easy compared to editing the books I wrote in Japan. I did one edit of the second book last month and am still trying to muster enthusiasm for the second. Ugh! The good news is, having done that first edit is making me conscientious–if not careful, exactly–about selecting words in my WIP. Ideally, the thought of editing should be only a little terrifying and a lot exciting, like it was my last few goes with TMD. It’s a chance to explore more deeply and recreate, after all! There’s a certain point where it just becomes a ginormous headache, and I’m trying to write a little more slowly than the NaNoWriMo thing allowed me to.

      How far are you into your novel? What’s your strategy for attacking it? Just curious!

  2. April 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I plan the novel to be a three hundred page rough draft, of which I’m a little over eighty pages in. So a third of the way through. Right now there really is no set strategy, I’m more trying to just hammer through a bare minimum of a page a day. I have an ending vaguely in mind, and a few key plot points I want to hit, but the rest of it is amorphous and I think it’s better that way. So the plan of attack is to hammer the thing out, leave it sit awhile while I start the next book, and then come back later and eviscerate it in editing.

    Such violent verbs! Anyway, I’ve been distracted by my short story projects of late so I haven’t been working on the novel. I finished a book of short stories called On Dark Paths (mostly finished, need some touching up here and there.) and started a second set.

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