Claribel is one of my favorite writing buddies. She’s always optimistic and has a work ethic that would make even the most productive people jealous. For the last year and a half she’s been editing her full-length manuscript in order to prepare it to send to agents and publishers. I’ve been in awe of the amount of time and effort she has put in to making her story just write. I asked her if she’d be willing to share a bit about her thorough (and admirable!) editing process. Take it away, Claribel!
When you write your first book, for the most part, I think you have no idea what the hell you’re doing. You just get an idea, and sit down and write, and write and eat some twinkies and then you’re finished. You think, “THAT WAS HARD” and you think you’ve done the bulk of the work, because it can’t possibly get any harder…*awkward chuckle* right? *loosens collar*
Everybody’s editing process is different, but mine was (and still is) a long, and difficult one.
Here is a timeline of my work so far: