The pain of a line-edit
Posted on 08 October 2012
There is a certain magic of a well written book that I love. It is that point where you stop reading words on a page, and you instead see the story in your mind’s eye. Kind of like your subconscious takes care of the reading bit for you, and you get to just immerse yourself in the world. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll ever experience that with my own writing.
Now, I’m not saying it is because I don’t think I’ll ever be able to craft words in such a fashion as to be able invoke that power on a reader. No, it is because, when I read my own writing, I am always editing it. Every word is suspect, and I’m always wondering if I should have done something differently with the prose. And when I line-edit, it is the worst.
Right now, I am line-editing Revenant, getting rid of those last typos before I see if I might be able to market it better. And as I am going over those words, looking for misspelling or even word-choice errors (and there has been some word-choice editing and a few added lines of description here or there), I see the words, force myself to see the words, and it dispels the illusion.
I feel decently confident in my writing ability, but I will say, doing a line-edit sure makes me feel like a novice again.