An Approach To Editing

This is a helpful article on editing…which is something I’m about to undertake with my massive draft of Ranch. Eep.

Richie Billing

I’ve recently begun the process of editing the hideous mess that is my work in progress. I soon became ensnared by problems like Frodo in Shelob’s Lair. As Frodo probably asked himself during that hairy predicament, “There must be an easier way of doing this.”

Using everything I’ve learned to date about editing, I decided to put together a process, or rather an approach, to editing a story.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

An approach to editing

A good story is grown. It takes weeks, months, of careful nurturing, uncovering the meanings hidden within, fixing characters so they leap from the page, refining plot and prose to make it gripping and immersive. Just like growing a plant, a story requires patience and dedication.

book flower.jpg

There is no exact science when it comes to editing. Everyone has their own approach. Some edit as they go along, ensuring each page is in tip-top shape before moving on…

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