Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Taming the beast

Yes, after a well earned week of relaxation and guilt free pleasure reading (I've been working on A Game of Thrones by G.R.R Martin. So far: excellent.) I finally have forced myself to start editing.

Truth is, I know several things right off the bat that I want to fix. Towards the end there, I just wrote down any ideas for my book, vowing to go back and fix them once I finished the first draft. So, I have a list of about twenty things that I already know I want to improve.

The thing that is hard is knowing how best to go about it all. There are so many things to consider, so many things to keep in place. Character development, story development, the unfolding of information, the build up of tension. I know all of the things I need to do, but I don't yet feel like I have a firm grasp on how to do it.

I have this image in my head of my story as a wolf. I have brought it into my home. It trusts me, but now I need to try and train it. I have a rough idea of how to do it, but it won't be easy.

*backing away slowly* Nice wolf . . . niiiiiiiiiice wolf . . .

1 comment:

Kiersten said...

Actually, I envy the stage you are in! Right now I am slogging through starting a new book. I forgot how hard beginnings are! (And middles! Endings are awesome though.) It's always fun having the whole book stretching out before you. And that's great that you already know what parts need fine-tuning. It took me a year and a half to figure out I needed to take out my whole first chapter on the book I'm querying right now. A year of wasted queries and agent opportunities...sigh.