I hate editing. I hate editing with a great vengeance. Having said all that though, I’m starting to see the merit of it. You have to edit, you can’t write a story perfect the first time. It’s just part of the process. So the aim is to write and write, and then brush off the dust to reveal the story beneath during the editing process.
Hell, you can also have fun with the process, trying what it might be like to take the story in different directions.
One thing I love as much as I hate editing is the stories of D.M. Cornish. His Monster Blood Tattoo series has reminded me of the childlike joy of reading. They take you to a strange world, give you a map, and lets you go along with the main character for one great ride.
The first book, Foundling, was great. Lamplighter was hands down, better.
To make the whole deal cooler, Mr Cornish is online, blogs regularly, talks and listens to fans. You get to see the process of what it takes to write a great book, step at a time. You also learn to appreciate that the editing process is the largest part of writing a book. Mr Cornish wrote the third of the MBT series rather quickly. He’s stil editing.
However, the thing I want to show you today is from Lamplighter. Here, he shows us the various drafts of the novel. It’s the first two pages, through first draft, all the way through to the finished product, and I think there’s a valuable lesson to learn, just looking at the process.
Gods, I wish editing were quick. Then I’d know what happens to Rossamund next!