NOTE TO KRISTA: You are not allowed to read this post, because you will gloat all day long!
Okay, here goes.....
I am having a hard time with my edits. Again. Sigh...I know you all think I am the biggest baby in the world, but this editing thing is HARD! I'm still deep in the edits that my editor/dad did for me, and I am bogged down by all the things he has found.
Let me tell you some of my major issues:
- Paragraph flow. I have some key sentences in my paragraphs that are all good, strong sentences, but they don't connect well. The sentences don't always flow in a concise and meaningful way. This tends to happen in reflective passages when my characters are deep in thought.
- I don't use commas well. I forget them before "and" when connecting 2 independent thoughts. I use them when I don't need them too!
- I'm not descriptive enough. Whether it is the scenery, the imagery, similes, etc...I don't do it well.
- I have some character development issues that need to be fixed. For example, I haven't developed my villain (the abbess at the convent from which my heroine escapes) enough to understand why she does what she does. In avoiding backstory dumping, I am lacking pertinent info needed to make the character believable.
So you see, I have much to keep my busy. I am now wondering how fast my editing will go when I get through with these chapters my dad edited. I KNOW I won't find as many problems as he did. I do hope, however, that I am learning enough from these first chapters to apply to the latter portion of my WIP.
My only worry is that I am going to fall way behind and LOSE to Krista! Surely I can learn from these first edits and apply them with ease. LOLOLOLOL
I'm cracking myself up here! (And I KNOW good and well that Krista is laughing her head off with glee!) Yes, Krista, I know you are reading my post, even though I told you not to!