First, I must say thank you for all of your support and for welcoming me back with open arms.
It means more than you know.
Tonight, I was working on Silver Touch. I happily lost myself in the string of music and in my characters world. There is nothing like the feeling of writing that first draft. It’s electrifying.
Before I begin a new story I pretty much have an idea of where I'm going and where I'll end up. But the middle is always like a crystal fog, shimmering with possibilities, yet veiled. It's breathtaking, realizing what your characters will say or do, taking a walk in their shoes and visiting their world.
Now editing, Oh, editing, editing…
I like editing. Working to make my story better and polishing up the loose ends is rewarding, but there's something about editing that can, well—and I don't think I'm the only one who feels this way-- wreck my brain!
Editing is tedious hard work that can cause major migraines. But is it necessary?
When I edit I usually tackle one chapter at a time, jot down each scene and major turning point on my story board, then make sure that each scene is there for a reason, that each scene moves the story along.
My least favorite part about editing is not the constant re-reading, or note jotting, it's cutting out scenes that I love. The delete and backspace buttons are well known enemies of mine. We don't get along much. I guess that's my weakness as a writer, cutting out pieces that I hold dear to me.
It isn't easy to be rid of those perhaps pointless, yet, still enthralling, beautiful scenes.
Because they're close to my heart, but inevitably, some scenes must go.
Sad, but true.
In the end, I know it will only make my story stronger, ready to handle a good fight out there in the publishing world.
Never turn your back on hardships, fight, giving up shouldn't be an option.
Just remember, the toughest things in life can turn into the most beautiful one day.