When Finding Problems is A Good Thing

I just wanted to share something I heard this morning regarding the editing process.
 
I’m nearing the end of my edit with my current WIP, and while I usually enjoy editing, re-writing, and crafting, I find myself getting impatient to finish now (my baby is due in 2 weeks so I have a real deadline that I can’t push out) (ha ha! see what I did there?).
 
It’s an uncomfortable state to work in.
 
But this morning on a podcast I was listening to, Shawn Coyne (author of ‘The Story Grid’) said that editing is all about FINDING PROBLEMS. If you’re doing a good job of editing, you will be finding problems.
 
So while my deadline continues to loom, hearing this made me feel a lot less frustrated with the process, and I wanted to share it, in case anyone else is feeling the same way.

What I’m Reading: The Kick-Ass Writer

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TITLE | The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience

AUTHOR | Chuck Wendig at terribleminds.com

STAR RATING | 4

ABOUT | Excellent writing advice delivered in an easily accessible, totally hilarious way.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | Funny! Oh, so funny. I was ROFLing all over the place. Also: great, up-to-the-minute practical advice.

WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | There were a couple of typos. A minor thing that if nothing else made him come across as more human and less like a velociraptor writerbot from the future that has come to eat us up like the happy skinbags of soylent green that we are.

WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Every single one of my writer friends. (Except those who don’t like naughty words. Wait … I don’t have any friends that don’t like naughty words).

FAVOURITE QUOTE | ‘Self publishing is a viable path. It is not, however, the easy path. […] You don’t just do a ballerina twirl and a book falls out of your vagina.’

Also: ‘So plan the plot, for Chrissakes. This isn’t an improvisational dance. Take some goddamn notes.’

What I’m Reading: Stein on Writing

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TITLE | Stein on Writing

AUTHOR | Sol Stein

STAR RATING | 3.5

ABOUT | Renowned editor advises you how to fix your writing using ‘immediately useful’ tips.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | Very practical advice.

WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | Some of his examples were corny.

WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Any writer who enjoys reading about the craft.

FAVOURITE QUOTE | “The secret of creating conflict in the scenes you write is to give your characters different scripts.” (p.92)