The past few weeks I have been lost in edits of my very first story ever published. When I got my rights back to Love Overcomes, I knew I wanted to freshen it up a bit and republish it. I signed a contract with Dingbat Publishing (who has my children’s books) and the editing process began again. I recall the first time I edited this book I was excited and a little terrified of the process. There were times when I felt like my voice was being lost, when things were being changed and it seemed that it was happening simply for the sake of change. It was an intimidating process to go through for the first time. However, this time around I welcomed it with open arms. While only a few changes were suggested, I found myself making more. Adding detail where once detail lacked, discovering mistakes that had gone unnoticed the first time around a few years back, and erasing one or two things which were really only filler.
I’m still learning, I think that’s essential in any career but especially when it comes to the arts. You have to be constantly soaking up new information. Evolving as an artist. With this new editor I love that she gave me information and allowed me to go in and make the changes that needed to be made. I have published three novels and had not heard of filtering in fiction. Filtering is when the writer causes a separation between the reader and the action. Instead of allowing my readers to get to experience what my character was going through I was simply telling them.
The changes that these simple changes made are incredible. The story flows better. Here are two examples taken from my edits of Love Overcomes. It’s still in the first round of edits so I’m sure there will still be plenty more changes to come but I am loving how this story is evolving.
He couldn’t shake the feeling of her in his arms, completely vulnerable.
He couldn’t shake the sensation of her in his arms, completely vulnerable.
She sighed, unsure of how she felt. He was a good friend, but things seemed to be getting so complicated.
She sighed, unsure if she wanted to look into the warm flutters she had when he was around. He was a good friend, but things seemed to be getting so complicated.
Until Kay explained what filtering was and then highlighted every time, I used a filter word such as feel I had not realized how often I used it. My manuscript was littered with it! Going through my story and making the changes myself (I have had editors that will just make the changes for you, and while I appreciate them and what they do I rather enjoyed being shown what to look for and how to make improvements on my own) taught me a lot.
Have you learned anything new lately?