What’s Happening With The Return Series?

Posted March 13, 2016 by Camille Funk in Editing, The Return / 7 Comments

imageLucky me. It’s editing time.

I always thought I knew what editing was all about, but that’s only because I’ve never tackled editing something this enormous before! Currently, I’m chopping away at THE RETURN yet again, and, oh boy, is it ever painful! I’ve heard people call the things they’ve created their babies before, but honestly I never really understood all that until now.

When I sat down and started writing this story I didn’t have any idea how long a book was supposed to be. Heck, I didn’t think I’d ever even finish the darn thing! I thought it’d end up in my half-written novel graveyard as so many pieces before it had.

But finish it I did!

At 180,000-something words later!

I’ve now learned that that’s just way too long. So, I grabbed my figurative scalpel and am now slowly hacking away at my baby, chapter by chapter, sentence by sentence, word by word. It’s amazing how I find myself attached to certain phearses or specific words, and the internal struggle that goes on inside of me when I know I have to let them go, even if I don’t want to.

Once it’s done though it’ll be interesting to compare the Wattpad version to the final version of the book. I’m hoping it’s a stark difference, but of course there are certain aspects of the story that I’m praying don’t get lost. I just hope that when I’m finally finished with all of this work, a streamlined, smoother, more amazing story awaits you guys, and it’ll be worth all this pain.

 

 


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Tom
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Tom
1 year 8 months ago

THis comment is working

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1 year 8 months ago

This is a test by Chuck. I’m not logged in and wanted to see what happens to someone without an account when they see a blog post. I am required to insert text into “Name” and “Email” though I’m sure it’s only going to do a basic text string test.

Chuck Eckert
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1 year 8 months ago

I’m thinking Tom is just lazy.

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Tom
1 year 8 months ago

Nice!

Chuck Eckert
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1 year 8 months ago

Woops. I thought this was Tom making a comment about how hard editing the website was. Didn’t realize that he posted this to the above post. So my comment to the above post would be – A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Since you originally posted that in Sept. I have to wonder how far you’ve made it since? Almost done, more than half-way? Whichever or whatever, you’ve made progress and that’s what counts. Tom’s still lazy though.

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Tom
1 year 8 months ago

Wow, that sounds really tough. The books are awesome, please keep up the great work.

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