Ooooh editing is so not fun. I thought it would be as I love tweaking my short stories but, because my novel opening will be going off to a competition to be judged and I'm feeling the pressure, I'm finding editing a whole bundle of not fun.
Questions that ran through my mind as I was reading my opening:
- Should there be more of an introduction to my characters before I plunge them into conflict so I can build up the reader's sympathy for them? [Answer: I don't know. Probably not if I want to hook the reader straight away]
- Will the reader like my main character (even though the novel opens with her arguing with someone)? [Answer: Hopefully she'll gain their sympathy by what she goes through after the initial argument]
- Is the hook strong enough to pull a reader in? [Answer: It's certainly an usual hook so yes, hopefully]
- Is there too little description? [Answer: I don't know. I don't like reading reams of description and I don't like writing it either. Hopefully there's enough.]
- Are my funny bits actually funny? [Answer: One bit made me grin. Does that mean it's funny?]
- Is the language good or is it bland? [Answer: The language definitely needs some work to sparkle]
So, I've done a bit of work on the first 1,000 or so words. I'm still not 100% happy but I'm happier so that's something. I even digitally recorded myself reading the first 3,000 words as sometimes you can more easily spot the glaring mistakes when you listen to what you've written rather than reading it. It sounded okay, I have to say.
What I've written is okay, it may even be good. The trouble is I want it to be great!