As I said in my last post, I’m done with my rewrite. Yay! My plan was to start editing it all on Monday. By the 2nd day of inexcusable sloth, I was about ready to shoot myself out of guilt and boredom. The 3rd day I snapped out of it and powered through it like a lawnmower through grass.
- 6/4 – Ch 1-3 – 2hr24min
- 6/5 – Ch 4-6 – 1hr39min
- 6/6 – Ch 7-12 – 2hr48min
- 6/7 – Ch 13, 14 – 1hr21min
Huzzah! I should finish later today or, more likely because I do have a family I need to give attention to, Monday afternoon!
It’s going quickly because I was editing the old stuff while I was writing the new stuff. And I was more careful than usual while I wrote the new stuff.
My dad asked me what I do when I edit. I told him I look for adverbs, awkward sentences, missing words, dumb things, etc.
I was mainly looking for 2 important things:
- Passive Voice
I have been loving reading Stephen King’s On Writing and have been taking a bunch of quotes. Here’s what he has to say about passive voice…
He described adverbs and passive voice as things writers use when they’re unsure of themselves, when they have too much self-doubt. They believe they need these things to make their writing sound stronger when, in actuality, it makes their writing sound weak and flimsy.
I’ve worked hard to get rid of the adverbs and passive voice in my MS (not in my blogging though, I don’t care about that). Of course, then I find out I’ve completely ignored the adverb phrase or clause or whatever it’s called.
Ex: in fear instead of fearfully
I’m sure “she said it with a note of patience in her voice” is probably another though I don’t care enough to find out. “She said it patiently.” Hmm…
What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?
I don’t know and I don’t care.
So I tried to take out the adverbial phrases/clauses/whatever. That’s pretty much where my courage left me. I plead guilty and will be content…for the time being.
What do you have the most difficulty with when writing?