Monday, July 23, 2012

Editing is part of the creative process.

I'm editing No Secrets again.

If you have read it, did you have any burning questions? Any parts you really didn't understand and you wish you did? That was really what I was hoping to get from working with an editor, finding out where the holes in the story are. I didn't get that feedback. Oh well.

It's hard to read this story. It's really annoying finding dozens of typographical errors in each chapter. I thought I fucking paid an editor. Oh well. :-\

I'm also working on another book. I feel like I have to be doing something. I feel so trapped and stuck and boring and... Oh man.

12 comments:

  1. The ending felt very abrupt. I'd like to see that part fleshed out a bit more.

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    1. I still don't know that I am going to do it. I like that it is a brick wall. That was the end of my childhood.

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    2. I remember having a similar thought. Some chapters, and even some transitions within chapters, also seemed a bit abrupt for me. I wrote it off as writing style. I also remember wondering if some of what I read as that abrupt change of topic/end of thought would be addressed in the second book.

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    3. If there is any chance you could point some of those out more specifically I would really appreciate it. <3

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    4. The more I think about it, the more I see that your book is really the framework that the rest of your writing lays upon. It gave me the chronology, the characters and the pace of your story. Reading your blog archives has fleshed in most of the details, giving me a clearer picture. I also think your blog writing is more - I don't know, poetic? It flows beautifully.

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    5. That's pretty much exactly what it is. I feel like the book about my child hood is kind of background reading. It's not the point of my life. As a result it's kind of intense and fast paced.

      Thanks. :)

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  2. the court settlement was a huge deal (totally makes sense) but the story of the dog bite wasn't there (or i missed it?). so it kind of just appeared out of nowhere, like suddenly there was magical money.

    a friend told me that he didn't get it. like, the overarching plot. the point. i'm not sure why it was obvious to me but not him.

    some chapters were super long and some short so i kept losing track of how old you were and flipping back to the beginning of the chapter. i hope that it is easier to follow that in the print version.

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    1. That part is in the word document. Somehow it was lost in the formatting shift. I'm not sure what happened.

      Probably because you and I have talked about it and you know more. :)

      I think that part of it is that I remember more as the years went on so... yes. The chapters got longer. :)

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    2. the friend that didn't get it? should. (he was physically abused as a child.) from an amazon review ;) :

      That those "choices" were inevitable, that they were conditioned into her, is obvious to us, the readers.

      this is what the book is about, to me. it's an examination of the effect that molestation had on one person. but not just you: this could be many people. i was abused but not sexually and i value looking at it from your amazingly objective viewpoint. i re-read it when i was thinking about "what is rape". i've said as much to noah- hopefully to you, too.

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  3. "It's really annoying finding dozens of typographical errors in each chapter. I thought I fucking paid an editor."

    If you will send me an electronic copy, I will do copy editing for you to remove typos. And in my case, you'll get good, fast, AND cheap, 'cuz I won't cost you a dime.

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    1. At this point I'm going through it and doing fairly major changes at the same time so it would be silly to have you do the same checks I'm doing. Maybe I'll ask when I finish this time?

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    2. Whatever you think works best for your process is fine by me. Just know that, when you're ready, I'm offering to help.

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