AKA I couldn't think of another 'E' word
Editing. Revising. Rewriting... these, my friends, are the dirtiest of dirty words.
I used to love 'editing'. I think some of my best lines and banter came about during the editing process. I'd be reading through a chapter and something would just hit me, and I'd end up adding an entire extra scene. And that's part of the problem... during editing, I'd somehow gain words instead of losing them.
We all know I'm wordy. There's no doubt about it. I can easily crank out hundreds of thousands of words, but taking those words and condensing and narrowing them down to be clear and concise is a struggle for me. I grow attached to every single syllable. And that's why, until recently, I guess I never seriously 'edited'.
Enter: Sempre. Taking a million words worth of material and completely rewriting the plot into a small fraction of that was a big feat for me, but I learned a lot during the process. I learned that adverbs are usually evil. I learned that dialogue tags are usually unnecessary. I learned that a lot of adjectives are useless. And I learned that I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever write another first person story with alternating point of views (holy repetition, batman!)
I'm writing a sequel to Sempre right now, which means a lot more editing in my future... real editing, where I have to make srs bsns decisions about what to cut and where to condense and if a scene is REALLY necessary (*struggles to accept it's not ALL necessary*).
Editing. Revising. Rewriting... I hate those fucking words.