Editing Until Crazy

Created over 2 years ago by Kaytalin Platt with 4 comments
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12524130 10207348308520931 8572057599588137953 n Alex Majeau · Author · added over 2 years ago
Can’t say I’ve ever doubted my work via over-editing, but I have learned to take it at a distance. For comparison, parts of my day job require me to pick out fonts for customers, and after scrolling through only several dozen, the word FIRE starts to look like it’s spelled wrong. I’ve googled the simplest words because my eyes don’t recognize them.

To mitigate this with writing, I try to only edit certain parts at a time - jump around the manuscript unless I’m making a sequential change.
Userphoto7 original Juan Sesa · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 1 like
Exactly as Luke said. I had this tendency of looking back at previous points in a story and going "Oh god, did I seriously write that? This is embarassing...", then scraping entire projects because of it. Lately, having actually finished a novel for once, I finally began to learn to love my own work and live with those "mistakes" as part of the creative process.

I must have spent almost 3 months day in and out editing that 690 page early draft, seeing how entire walls of dialogue went on and on with no discernable action in play, making me go a little crazy with how asinine it felt (I love my dialogues a lot, but I can see faults in going overboard). After a first full rewrite, that number went up to 790 and I´m sure that there are still sections that look like the Bee Move script... and I find it hard to cut stuff, since I have a lot of narrative material I believe necessary for the story not to feel hollow, so... yeah, currently waiting on a couple of early readers to give me their full thoughts.

Bottom line is to love the content when you know you are giving it your best and be aware when it´s not up to snuff to have another go at it. Having people read it will also provide the perspective from someone on the dark, helping you reinforce plot points and letting you know when a certain element doesnt fit well with the story (all of this with a pinch of salt, of course)
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 4 likes
While working on editing for The Burned and my other stories, I’ve realized that it seems dull because it is. You’ve read the story, studied it, wrote it, and you know every single detail. But there are points while editing where I go "YES! I wrote this?!? This is awesome!" (forgive my ego) and I kinda forget I’m editing and admire myself for a minute. Be proud of what you did, don’t edit shamefully, edit constructively. 
There have been points where I wanted to rip my eyes out so I’d never have to read, reread, and rereread stories looking for mistakes. It can get agonizing so it helps to have people read it for you and point out mistakes. You know what you want to get across and they know what they can get from the story, so use it.
Dsc 00352 square Kaytalin Platt · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 2 likes
Hey guys! I’ve been working on content editing for the last month. It was a bit hard to get going at first, mostly because I have been editing for longer than that, but once the Geek and Sundry contest concluded and The Living God made quill, I doubled down my efforts after passing it off to two beta readers. 

I’m getting ready to wrap up the edits from their comments and pass it off to a final round of beta readers (2).

I’m just curious who else has had a point with their editing process, after they’ve culled and poured over it for so long, that they just can’t see it as decent writing anymore? Has anyone else just reached a point where they have doubts about what they’ve created? 

I think a lot of it stems from having read the same sentences and paragraphs over and over to the point that I’m a bit desensitized to the information. 

What are some of your editing to the point of insanity stories? Have you ever made yourself doubt your story by focusing too much on perfection?