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Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

What’s In An Editor? (Why Do I Sound Like An Adult?)

I tend to scribble a lot

I tend to scribble a lot (Photo credit: Unhindered by Talent)

Young Adult fantasy novels are my first go-to on reading shelves. My first love of books in general. I write them too. Pretty well, I think. At least in content, anyway. 🙂 Sometimes, however, “Laney, YA writer” gets crossed with “Laney … well, Laney.”

Why do I sound like an adult sometimes when I write? Besides the fact that I am one, I get caught up in the flurry of the story–action scenes, love scenes– and I occasionally forget contractions and ‘teen speak’, as my editor calls it. When I’m on a writing roll, I write what I see in my head. The words kind of disappear. Strange? Maybe so.

Stories read like moving pictures for me. Like a blur of color. My editor slows the view down so I can see what’s staring back at me from the screen. It’s an invaluable tool.

Writers need editor’s eyes. They are programmed to see what we miss. Although, sometimes it may feel nit picky or overwhelming–we need to use it, learn from it.

My story reads tighter, cleaner … better. As far as I’m concerned, the frustration that can come from full-blown edits are worth every ounce of hair pulling and head banging. The goal is to produce the best story I can. Even if that means cringing every time I open a document to find blue ink covering my pages. 😉

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4 responses

  1. carolabrown

    Sounds like this editing process takes courage, confidence, and a certain amount of humility, too. I’m impressed. And inspired. Thanks for letting us in on your journey.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

  2. Thanks. 😉 I think determination is the key. It’s easy to quit, get frustrated and walk away. Anyone can do that. Most of us do. Gotta look fear in the eye, take a breath and risk it. Much more to gain than there ever is to lose. That goes for writing the novels too. 😉

    November 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

  3. Sometimes I find it hard to write as an adult 🙂

    December 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

    • Sometimes it’s just hard to write, period. Even for the writers. 😉

      December 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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