This post WILL contain some themes of a convolutedly, introspectively, esoteric nature concerning the relationship between a writer and their work.
So sue me ….
I have this ‘thing’ about liking, nay enjoying re-writes and even more so since I discovered a rare useful device of Word’s ie ‘Review’ & ‘Read Aloud’
Microsoft Word Actually Being Useful in Self-Editing
The cause, may or may not be a combination of the following:
(1) Triumph in picking up all those niggling typos placed by Word’s evil cyber-pixies who wish to discourage all creative writing and would have a World Literature based on Business Projections and Internal Management Documents thus spoiling their plans.
(2) Not wishing to be the cause of disharmony between me, some innocent beta-reader or helpful editor who inadvertently committed the unforgiveable crime of suggesting I change some part of the narrative or tweak a character. (It’s not that I am inflexible you understand, it’s just that……errr….. I’ll get back to you on that one in another post)
(3) Saving money on the aforementioned in ‘2’.
(4) Some latent vanity in the joy of reading/ listening to my own work. (Well someone has to admit to it!)
Those are the nuts and bolts ones. The actual fun comes in:
(A) The dismantling wholesale and replacing chunks of say 20,000 words with something better.
(B) Catching out the devious Continuity Fae who entrap a writer with whispers of enthusiasm to churn out the words and rush off to the next exciting bit and thus overlooking some leap of logic or several quite contradictory statements/actions undertaken by a major character. (This takes on cosmological proportions when you are writing a series of books).
(C) Actually listening to one or more of the characters who steps out of the narrative, stands in front of you waving an allegorical piece of paper and saying ‘Seriously?’
(D) And above all, the interactions of (A)- (C) which start some unexpected runaway process, dragging you off down a route you never even realised existed and effectively rattling loose most of the story into something else. The thrill of being part of such a situation overwhelms any concerns about having finishing a book by ‘such and such’ a date.
I don’t think my trilogy will ever sell many copies (so far most have been acquired ‘free’ through Amazon). Yet I do not care. The main characters are alive, and vibrantly taking control of the narrative, thus I owe it to them to make sure this is recorded.
The whole process is wonderfully chaotic and unpredictable. Everything else I intended to write or think about writing is on hold while this little universe settles down.
And I wouldn’t have it anyone other way.
Seriously folks… The Joys of Writing
It’s good that you enjoy a process which many writers consider torture. Especially reconstructing multi-thousand-word sections and plugging plot holes or bridging plot chasms. We who write and publish mainly for the joy of it are indeed fortunate, even if our sales numbers are abysmal.
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We are indeed Audrey.
I tried writing for money. It didn’t work, lots of misery.
Now writing for the joy of it, the ideas and images flow, but more to the point all is satisfaction.
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