Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

April 23, 2009

Editing Fun

Filed under: Stories,Writing — douglaslperry @ 12:04 am
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What’s the most fun part of the book writing process? I guess that assumes that you think any part of it is actually fun…

For me it is the first draft edit. I’ve spent the better part of a year writing all of the scenes of the book, and the first draft is when I get to put it all together for the first time. 

I get to rediscover some of the great, and not so great, things that I have written. Discovering the great ones are some of the best moments of writing. I have literally laughed out loud, or squeezed out a tear while rediscovering some of the best parts of a book that I have worked on, and I just love it. 

I print out a copy on paper, and get out my red pen, and read. There are lots of changes, especially in the first chapter, because it HAS to be great, or the reader won’t stick around. 

I rewrite entire sections, throw out entire chapters, and cut like a man in a butcher shop, in the hopes that the final product will be worthy for others to read. 

That’s right where I am on my latest and I’m having a blast. 


My latest book

My latest book


  1. That sounds about like what I’m doing now, only I don’t call it editing. Editing for me is the process of cleaning up grammar and typos and punctuation problems. For the process you’re describing, I love the word revision – literally, re-seeing. I look at the manuscript with new eyes, consider new possibilities, and make changes accordingly. I love part of this, but the deep cuts hurt sometimes.

    Comment by uppington — April 23, 2009 @ 3:35 am

  2. there’s nothing better than that feeling of “wow!” when you re-read something you’ve written.

    on the other hand, there’s little worse than that sinking feeling of, “whoa. i wrote that crap?”

    hang in there 🙂

    Comment by Alex Moore — April 26, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

  3. Hi,
    Everything dynamic and very positively! 🙂

    Comment by AlexAxe — April 30, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

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