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Project Juggling Update

A few weeks ago, or something, I mentioned how I was going to attempt to do all my editing during the day so I can draft and plan a different story at night. And I can honestly say that this is something that will work for me long term. One of the biggest things I like about editing during the day is that it’s easier to tell when my brain is tired. It’s easier to stop working and do something else. And it’s nice to be editing and not have to battle with mental and physical exhaustion. Not that I don’t mentally fatigue myself during the day. That still happens. It’s pretty easy to do. 😛

In blurb news, it took a solid week of daily poking, but the blurb for HOUSE OF FALLING EMBERS is done!! 😀 (cue confetti and crap) Seriously. Is it always this much work, or do I just have a selective memory?

In other news, I’m not making a lot of progress on the project I’m drafting, but that’s not a big deal. There’s zero pressure, and the MC has been wicked patient with me through the entirety of trying to get this story together. So far, I have half an outline, and I know how the story ends and what happens between what I’ve outlined and the end, but I’m still going back and forth with the opening chapter. The book is weird, of course, it’s me, but like, the MC is kind of sketchy, so I’m having a hard time letting go of the reigns and just letting things be, you know?

In any case, will someone please tell me why I always forget how hard editing is? I’m literally over here thinking it’s the easiest part of the process (you can laugh), and then I start editing and I’m legit stuck on three pages for like 2 and a half hours. Like, this actually happened last Saturday. I didn’t even finish that chapter. I got to a scene break, and I was like, THANK GOD!!! I was losing my mind.

It wasn’t anything super hard. I didn’t have to rewrite the scene or anything – it was just rewriting dialogue and tweaking the pacing and beats and crap, but like, it was just so hard for some reason. Like in real life, it’s fine to say, “Did he say he was showing up at three or showing up at four?” And then someone could reply, “He’s showing up at four.” But in a book, saying “showing up” that many times in a roll is weird. And when you’ve been staring at this dialogue for over an hour, it’s surprisingly hard to figure out how to not say “showing up” three times back to back like that. ALSO, no one said they were showing up at any particular time. The character said something along the lines of, “He’s not showing up.” And then the other character said, “He said he wouldn’t show up or he can’t show up.” And I’m like, WHY ARE YOU SAYING “HE SAID?!!” HE SAID NOTHING!! And even if he did, YOU don’t know that, because YOU weren’t there, and that isn’t what SHE said anyway!

Look, I care okay. I care if people have a good reading experience. I hate reading a book with crap sentences and bad description and repetitive passages and stupid dialogue. I hate it. So, while I’m editing, I’m going to do my best. Because just because you tell someone that a chick is crying for the umpteenth time, doesn’t mean they can see it or feel it or care.

And I realize, looking over what I just wrote, that it doesn’t look like a big problem, but it WAS, okay, I SWEAR!!

Now…all this said. I still love editing. I look forward to sitting down with my book and poking at it. Just why do I always forget? The good thing is, most chapters don’t take two plus hours. So…it’s mostly a great experience, right? ^_^

Ugh, I need a week long visit to a spa or something. But I’ll be done editing tomorrow!!! One month to edit this beast, working only during the day. Worth it. And I really like it, so that’s good. 😀

Send chocolate and roses, please. Thanks. ^_^


  • Thea Landen

    I just had the saaaaaame exact issue with characters talking about “dealing with” something. Which is also a totally normal thing to say in everyday conversation, but then when it shows up, like, four times in two paragraphs, it’s something that must be fixed!

    At least I caught it before an editor did, so I don’t feel *that* dumb. 😉

    • Krystal Jane

      So glad I’m not alone over here! I’m starting to think that a perfect first draft is never going to happen. 😀

  • Michelle Athy

    I have my favorite go-to repetitive phrases in dialogue, too. Sometimes it’s fine, but most of the time, it’s redundant and stupid and too reminiscent of real life dialogue. Editing is fun though!

  • Tonja Drecker

    Love that dialogue! It’s funny how such things can drive us bonkers. I usually stop and turn off the computer if things start getting too ridiculous—brain break. Last week, my character was supposed to be scared and intimidated but, as I was editing, suddenly got a huge attitude and was spitting all sorts of cocky phrases… which meant ‘stop immediately and come back tomorrow’. Because she and I both needed a break.
    But yay to blurbs! Those can be beasts 🙂

    • Krystal Jane

      Yes, brain breaks! It’s funny (or not) when characters start getting cranky. Can’t blame them though. I’d be cranky, too, if someone was poking at me for an hour.

  • Jodi

    Years and years of grading crummy middle school papers have made me hate editing with the fiery ferocity of a thousand rising suns. Kind of an unfortunate plight for a writer, so I’m glad you love it. 😛

    • Krystal Jane

      Lol! 😀 In senior English, we were encouraged to trade papers with another student so we could strengthen our writing skills or whatever by learning from each other’s mistakes. I didn’t make enough mistakes to help anyone (haha), but I did somehow go home with a minimum of five other papers each time. Some problems were so hideous I had to get my mom’s help. Fun times. But they were always grateful for the higher grade I helped them get. ^_^

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