Shade Rachea here with the latest blog post and in preparation for Passover (Pesach), which begins this Friday at sundown, I thought it would be best to write a post on editing. How do the two correlate, you ask. Well, when preparing for Passover (Pesach), we're supposed to cleanse our homes of all the things that are not needed and remove any yeast products. So I'm taking that same approach with my book by editing out any unnecessary dialogue or exposition and fixing mistakes.
Side note: Before we get into this topic on editing, I just want to say really quickly how much I really enjoyed presenting at The Girl Empowerment Conference this past weekend. Those girls have a bright future ahead of them and I am grateful for the opportunity to meet each of them and impart in them some of the things I've learned on my journey as well as encourage them to unapologetically be who they are and pursue their dreams.
Returning to the topic at hand, first, I guess I should mention that I am making steady progress on Book 2 in the series. I still don't have a set title for it but I have a few ideas about what I want to call it. Anyways, since I was making progress on my book, I decided to pause on the writing to do a read through. What I found and saw was not good. I mean the story is good and unfolding rather well - but I found mistakes that are small but detrimental and because of that, I decided to do some editing and "clean house" if we're keeping in line with the preparation for Passover. Funny thing, in all of this, my editing the book and preparing for Passover, just happened to coincide. I didn't plan it but it all came at the right time.
One of the mistakes I found and am fixing, has to do with consistency. I was reading what I wrote and realized I had forgotten a character for an entire chapter and then started writing about him again in the next. Like, I didn't mention him once even though he is there, and trust me with what is going on in the chapter, he would have and should have made an appearance. Fixing that problem is going to take a lot of editing and rewriting but I'm happy to have caught it this early. I would just cut the character, but he's kind of important and he is in the first book. Not to mention, that would also require a lot of rewriting on my part and I don't want the hassle so I'm dealing. Consistency in a book, especially one that is a part of a series, is major thing to maintain so catching that now really helped me. As far as dialogue and exposition, I had to cut a few things because they just seemed like fillers but other than that my biggest issue was the consistency.
So, the point of this blog post, is to encourage you to read through your work and edit it while we are in this season and preparation for Passover. And if you don't partake in this particular holiday, think of it as spring cleaning but in regards to your writing. No one writes perfectly without making any mistakes so I'm sure there are things you can change and do differently or even fix. Just read through your writing thoroughly and make some cuts. Edit and then edit it again. Edit your work until it is a new masterpiece still recognizable by the style and signature of the artist. No one loves or even likes to edit, I know, I'm one of them, but you'll see that what I'm saying is completely necessary and more helpful than not. Make sure you drop your comments down below and tell me how your editing is going! That said, see you later this week for the next book review!
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A contrarian at heart. I prefer The Lord of the Rings over Harry Potter and Narnia. I love Country Music and John Hughes movies and am the worst at singing the correct lyrics.