When I first handed my precious Manny over to a friend to do basic structure editing I thought I knew what my weaknesses were. I use way too many commas in places I don’t need them, I really suck at keeping my sentences short, and I have a tendency to over use the same word because I like how it sounds.
Nope, I was wrong. Perhaps then I thought I knew what path I was on. Now, I realize that I have no idea what I am doing and as terrifying as that sounds, it means I am going in the right direction.
I have never taken a long term writing class outside of one creative writing class in College. I didn’t study English, I didn’t make my life about learning the in’s and out’s of writing. I just love to write. Now I knew that I would look like a newb, but seriously I didn’t know how incredibly horrible my basic structure would be when it came to the little things.
Did you know that the first paragraph of each chapter isn’t supposed to be indented? At all?? Did you know that you aren’t suppose to use actual TAB indents, only 5 spaces at the start of each paragraph after the first one?
The one thing that seriously blew me away was realizing how many damn adverbs I use. Holy crap, WAY TOO MANY!!
Now I never once thought I would be a super professional at this whole writing thing, but realizing now that I have a lot of work to do is a bit daunting. In a good way though, because this is what it means to be moving toward the big leagues. There is no way I know all the in’s and out’s, no way that I will ever be able to contest with people that have been doing this for years, but…I do know that I am still passionate. Even if you have horrible structure and do everything wrong, if the story is good the packaging won’t matter a bit. No one cares about the fact that you use too many or too few of something in writing if the story is good and written well.
Case in point why I have an Editor. Without her, I don’t think I would be able to do this. So for now what I say to you is, if you don’t have an editor or don’t think you need one you are wrong. If you think getting and Editor is too expensive, you are also wrong. You just have to find the right one for you. I promise it can be done.
I have one month until my Manny is due on my Editor’s schedule…I best get to writing!!! (and removing the adverbs).