I could never understand why writers have said that their books take so long to write. My head is positively bulging with ideas and characters, but oh I know now the horror of editing.
Even as I was swearing that this would be the last time I would edit the book I would find a spelling mistake, or a late edition grammatical error.
The fear of error is still there, especially now we have converted it to all the different ebook formats. Oh the shame of a misspelling getting through the proofing process.
But it is over - the first is done and now its time to rest a while.
Well, not really. Next on the list is to re-read and edit the two short stories attached to the book. I call them Ripples.
In editing you have to eliminate characters who would take your plot in a different direction, you have to focus, but just like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead) I feel their pain at being used as being mere foils for the rest of the characters.
Especially as the novel focuses on the fact that the main protagonist Evie touches peoples lives and changes them.
Who gets to choose whose life is worthy of documenting? Who has the power of being an editing God?
I also want to highlight the complexity of our lives and social patterns, that even brief encounters can effect permanent changes, that everyone of us, real or fiction casts a shadow.
If you get chance check out the Ripples page and read the two stories there or at least they will be soon....