I HAVE SLAIN THE EVIL BEAST!

This Sunday, I slew the evil that is known as ‘editing’.

I actually didn’t change as much as I thought. When I was getting near the end of Black & Red and I was cutting and adding here and there, I didn’t add nearly as much as I expected. I had always thought the ending wasn’t that great, but as I read through it, I realized that for that particular story, that ending is what it needed.

Do I think Black & Red is my best work? No. It’s something I wrote almost five years ago and at the time, it was my best work. I’ve dressed it up and trimmed it down so it’s all ready to go to prom, but I don’t believe it’s my best.

I believe a lot of authors feel that way about their first pieces. It’s still, in my opinion, a very good story and I really liked the tale it told. I’m actually quite excited for it to be done because that means I can focus on the piece I was writing when I decided (purely on a whim, really) that I wanted to publish this year. That particular piece probably won’t be ready until sometime in 2014, which is just fine by me.

Now, I have to move on to the Terrible Beast: Formatting. This means I HAVE to do my work at home. It’s just too difficult to try and format without using Microsoft Word and using my tablet. This is definitely something I need my laptop for.

So please look forward to when I publish! I’ll still post on here, probably all the time, and maybe I’ll start talking about my new story. But we’ll see. 🙂

Posted by Sarah Jayne

2 comments

tinafriesen

Good for you! I read somewhere that our first draft often turns out to be the closest to the best out of all of our revisions. Have you tried using a writing program like yWriter (free online for PC) or Scrivener (good for MAC but costs)? Formatting is a breeze with these applications.

Sarah Jayne Nantais

I just use Microsoft Word. I know it’ll be a pain, but is it worth it without putting in my blood, sweat, and tears? 😛 I’ve got a formatting guide from one of the online publishers I’ll be using and I’ve scanned it a bit. I think it’ll be more tedious than anything, which is okay by me!

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