The slow grind

Beautiful sunrise a few hours ago, all pinks and lavenders. I was on the same paragraph of the sequel then as now.

Edits at this level can be like an archeological excavation, using little whiskbrooms rather than a backhoe. Where I can bust out five to seven pages of a first draft, line editing can be excruciatingly taxing and slow.

It’s not the editor’s fault. If his suggestions were bad, I could race through them by ignoring them or arguing that my way was better. No, alas, his suggestions are really good.

I keep hearing the Sondheim lyric running through my head. “Bit by bit, putting it together…”

 

 

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on November 24, 2010, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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