So you want to write a novel? A lot can be learned from those who have been there already, that is for sure. David Khara, who has written an exciting trilogy of thrillers, has been sharing tips with us. Here is the fourth in the series, and he attacks the key process of editing.
Writing a Novel – Editing
There is no gain without pain. After months, sometimes years, of hard work, there you are, your book will be published. Congratulations, you are about to start the real work! You thought you were good at grammar? You checked for repetitions and typos? Every aspect of you book makes sense, even for someone who is not in your mind? Well, your editor will soon prove you wrong. Receiving corrections can be a very tough moment for a writer, especially if you are a beginner. You’ll be asked to rewrite parts of your book, to explain things that seemed obvious to you. You’ll see red marks all over the pages. That is when you may start feeling discouraged. And that is when you need to hang on to the fact that everybody goes through the same process. Your ego will be shattered, you’ll want to stop, you’ll be angry at your editor, at yourself, at the world. But you’ll work, because humility is what makes the difference between a so-called artist and a craftsman. Writing is a craft. You’ll work and work, trying to improve, to do better, to be better, to deliver better books to your readers. From my experience, I accept from 80% to 85% of the corrections/suggestions from the editors I work with. Always remember this: nobody played basketball better than Michael Jordan, and yet, he had trainers, and he listened to them. Why? Because being good at something doesn’t make you almighty, and any advice can prove helpful.
In the end, scoring the winning point or getting your first good review is the same: hours of hard work and sweat end up in genuine pleasure.