June 14, 2010
It's That Bad....
Embarrassingly bad. I've got passive verbs, passive sentences, passive paragraphs and passive chapters. Oh yes...it can be done, I say. And how in the world did I final in a contest? I guess by spending the last half year working on the first three chapters of my book. Ahhh, the stupidity of a novice.
Oh, I didn't go ahead and edit my whole book like a good little writer would. No, I just kept working on those first few chapters, getting critiques, getting feedback, and cutting and pasting until I said enough already. I was ready to move on. It's my first book, right? It is the "practice book", right?
Because of the final, I am making myself edit on the slim chance I get the privilege of getting an editor to read through my book (yes, that's the Big Prize for the ultimate winner). I'm digging in and doing some rewriting as I go through these edits. It's going to take me longer than I expected, I'm afraid. I've got to make these passive things take an active stance. I've got to make the story come alive.
Have any of you written a scene that started out in the middle of a day and you recount what happened earlier? Why not start at the beginning and jump ahead a bit. It makes it ACTIVE instead of PASSIVE. Oh goodness, I have so much to learn.
So here I write about this writing journey. About how I've been negligent. About how I've been procrastinating this editing because I knew it would be painfully difficult. So there ya have it. My writing life today.