Well, come on, what does that old Scottish adage mean?
Slow fires mak sweet meat- Take your time to achieve perfection
For all of the authors out there currently doing NANoWriMo the above is not the adage for them. What they don't have time for is achieving perfection. If you're not doing NaNoWriMo then perhaps the saying is perfect for you. It is certainly perfect for me, at present, but I don't plan to spend a whole month on revisions...Oh no. It won't take more than a couple of days, I said to myself... about two weeks ago. Oh dear....
In the words of the NaNoWriMo website they explain why you should join up for the event:
' The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To give yourself permission to write without obsessing over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To stop being one of those people who say, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel,” and become one of those people who can say, “Oh, a novel? It’s such a funny story–I’ve written three.” http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/about/hownanoworks
But...if you're not scribbling away furiously for the NaNoWriMo this month maybe you're doing the same as me? I'm doing the opposite to scribbling furiously since I'm too good at that in the first instance. Now my revisions have to include cutting down the word count by at least half the original to make sure I get in enough action, at the right times, and complete close to the word count needed for a submission. Anything new here? Does it ring bells?
Why am I obsessing over this particular WIP (work in progess) I constantly ask myself? The simple answer is that I really want to get it to the best ever possible form...and have somebody publish it!
Revise, revise and revise again-yep! Best advice I have ever been given because, for me, when I reread a scene or chapter, word for word, phrase for phrase, I can always find something to change-and the strange thing is I always think the newest version is the BEST. Maybe I should just finally STOP, or better still-stop obsessing-and join up for NaNoWriMo next November 2012!
What about you? How are you with the editing process? Share your techniques, and tell us all your secrets!