It is a beautiful sunny day and I am sitting on my porch as I write this. I have missed my porch. During the Winter it has been too cold and the Spring has been rather wet. We have had a few good days but for some reason I haven’t made it out to the porch to write.
Possibly because of the glare. I am having a difficult time seeing the computer screen. White porch + bright sunlight = low screen visibility. I have sunglasses….somewhere. I guess I will just have to make do.
I came out here to work on my Science Fiction novel. It has been simmering in a box for awhile now, waiting for me to get around to the next rewrite/edit. I have this problem with editing…I don’t like to do it. Part of that is because I don’t really know what to do when it comes to editing. I know something is wrong. I can feel that it’s off, but pinpointing exactly what, always gives me trouble. Some of this is just because I don’t know what questions to ask myself and some of this is lack of practice. As in most things, the more you do it the better you get.
I have been reading this book, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, and it has been a big help. The other day I actually took my Sci-Fi novel out of its box and started to work on it. First I re-read it and then I spent thirty minutes starring at the first page. I knew stuff was wrong. The second paragraph in was really wrong, but no matter how I turned the page or willed the answer to come to me, I couldn’t figure it out. So I turned to my friend Jessi and said, “What’s wrong with this sentence right here?”
She read over the page and pointed out the sentence in question would read easier if I made it into three sentences and the next paragraph could be summed up in one three word sentence. I looked at again and decide that her suggestions were Pure Genius! After that the rest of the page went smoothly. Also, I began to notice I repeatedly made similar mistakes on other pages.