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?