Sunday, April 17, 2011

How Much is too Much?

I've been polishing away, snipping excess verbiage here, adding bits of plot there to smooth out the story. The other day I thought about adding an entirely new element to the world. It would add an some interesting world-building elements, but obviously it's not necessary to the plot. In the end I decided to let it go. If this book takes off maybe it will form the basis for a sequel.

All of which gets me thinking, at what point does editing start to make a manuscript worse instead of better? I'm never going to be 100% happy with everything, I know that. Even if it gets published I am sure there will be mistakes that make me slap my forehead, but at the same time I know that's okay.

I think it's ready. One more read-through and edit, and I'm moving on. I think I'll do a series of shorts next. I'll only come back to this one as comments trickle in to fix specific things.


Adelle Yeung said...

No expert here, but I think TOO much editing is when your work reads more mechanically than it does emotionally.

Mark Fenger said...

That would certainly be true. I find I can't differentiate as an author though. I already feel for the characters, I know their emotions. At a certain point I have to step back and let other people read it because I'm just too close you know?