Snip Snip

I spent very few hours editing my NaNoWriMo novel this weekend — where “very few hours” equals “30 minutes max.” The reason? I found it easier to read someone else’s writing than to edit my own. I finished a terrible book that I will warn you about in my Useless Adjective Thursday post — wait on the edge of your seat.

Now I’m reading Stephen King’s On Writing. He submits that we can learn as much reading bad novels as we can from reading good novels — if not more. I agree. The book I read this weekend was packed with cliches and empty descriptions. With those in mind, I am on the lookout for similar horribleness to snip from my novel.

As I snip, I am finding that I like the guy who doesn’t get the girl a lot more than I like the guy who does get the girl. I am drawn to editing the Guy Who Doesn’t scenes, while my mind drifts whenever I attempt to edit the Guy Who Does scenes. This leads me to believe that Guy Who Doesn’t should get the girl, obviously. And maybe the other guy should not even come along for the ride. How did he sneak his way in there in the first place? And why did he get the girl?

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5 responses to “Snip Snip

  1. She Started It

    Glad you like On Writing. When I read a book, I usually don’t read it critically, but since reading King’s book I’ve been looking a lot more at sentence/paragraph structure, imagery, metaphors, etc.

  2. Definitely restructure so the Guy Who Doesn’t does. Anything that intrigues you will intrigue your reader, and vice versa. Unless you’d rather completely recreate the Guy Who Does to be even more interesting than the Guy Who Doesn’t. Which is an even more intriguing proposition.

    • Completely recreating anyone at this point will blow my mind. I am leaning toward making Guy Who Does more of a jerk than he already is (though he wasn’t meant to be a jerk — I don’t know what happened to him). I can merge him with Yet Another Guy and kill two problems with one stone (one of the problems being too many guys).

  3. You’re making my heart bleed. 🙂