Thursday, 20 October 2011

Signs of improvement

I'm about two thirds of the way through my first edit of Odd Squad.
When I first started writing it, my main concern was to get the ideas down onto paper (ok, into Word), before they escaped from me.  I knew that it was going to be far from perfect.  That's what editing is for.
In between the writing, I was also doing a major re-write/edit on the previous MS (Ghost School). ((This will become relevant, I promise))
When I reached the halfway mark in my edit of Odd Squad, I started to notice that the text had been written in a more active style than the earlier bits.  It seems that the work on Ghost School to make it more 'Show not tell' had influenced the new project.  (See!  I told you it would be relevant.)  It still has many flaws, but it's rather nice to find evidence that I'm growing as a writer :o)


  1. Yay! Evidence is great to find, especially when you're working hard to make improvements. Keep up the good work!

  2. I love when that happens. It's so nice to find something that makes you go, "Hey! I'm doing pretty good!"

  3. I love it when I see I'm getting better! It's like a high five from the old me to the new me.

  4. That's the thing about writing-- no matter how great you are, you can ALWAYS get better. I love when I find actual evidence that I am! Such a great feeling.

  5. Fabulous Iain! That is great. I wish I were as far along. I dread when I hit the editing/revision work, but I know it'll be worth it in the end. Yay for you!

  6. Don't you just love that? It's always a great feeling. :)

  7. Emily - I surprised myself. I'm feeling quite smug now.

    Shallee - Yeah. Good enough that I felt I needed to share it.

    Erin - My hand hurts. I think I may have got a bit too carried away with the self hi-fiving.

    Peggy - I think that there's a long way to go before the word 'great' and my work will ever be used in the same sentence. lol You're right, it's a great feeling seeing I'm getting better.

    Abby - You'll get there. :o) I used to fread it, but after a few doubts, I'm starting to feel good about it now.

    Carrie - It certainly is a great feeling. It's a great boost for my self confidence :o)