Aimee Horton

Let it go…

Apr
14

This morning while I was straightening my hair, I heard a little (slightly muffled) a cappella version of ‘let it go’ going on in the other room.

Sneaking around the corner I spotted a small chubby boy with a jumper stuck over his head. “LET IT GOOO…CAN’T HOLD IT BACK ANY MORE…” he continued struggling to pull the jumper over his crash helmet sized head. Before flinging it off and chucking it on the floor. “The cold never bothered me anyway.”

I love that song.

If I was on local radio, the above couple of paragraphs would be considered a rather weak link into an actual song or feature. Sorry about that, I’m a tad out of practice on the old blogging front.

You see, with the release of ‘Survival of the Ginnest’ happening soon (SOON), I’m still busy working away on my ‘Mothers Ruined’ revisions.

When you get a book deal, especially from a book which has previously been self-published, it is not unusual, in fact I’d go as far as to say it’s to be expected, that your editor will want to make some changes, and dare I say it, improvements.

Some of my friends reactions are indignation on my behalf, however, from somebody who has been through the process of publishing three books on her own, this is something I am relishing. A chance to make my work better, not for me, but for the audience, is huge, and something I’m totally ok with. Well except you know, the actually cutting out parts of the story.

It’s important – so I’ve discovered – in the editing process, to find the ability to cut parts of the story you love, to make it better.

Editing as a whole is usually very therapeutic, especially with the additional support of the professionals. The first three areas that I’ve needed to work on have been fine, enjoyable even. After all, making changes to something you couldn’t change anymore, and realising how much better it is, is satisfying.

However, the next step of editing isn’t just tweaking, it’s major cutting. This is a bit more tricky. As you all probably know, when it comes to cutting, you have to switch off your heart and let it go (SEE WHAT I DID THERE). That part that you remember writing with a glass of wine at 11pm because it just came to you – it is really funny. So funny it actually still makes you laugh the twentieth time you read it. However, it has to go. It slows things down. As does that other scene that you initially thought was pivotal? It’s not actually. Sorry.

*weeps into her nutribullet smoothie*

So with that in mind, I am writing a whole new chapter, condensing three into one. It’s making my stomach flutter with butterflies – both nervous and exciting ones.

Plus, if you set yourself a little goal, it makes becoming ruthless all that much easier. My treats are if it’s in the day (stupid school run) “cut three paragraphs and you can have some spider-man easter egg” and if it’s in the evening “cut three paragraphs you can have another glass of wine.”

BOOM.

Writing Bubble

9 Responses to Let it go…

  1. Exciting times! I recently edited out beloved chunks of a book and it was hard – and that was just my own decision so I can imagine it would be much harder when it’s on the recommendation of a publisher! But I can also see how it would be something to relish – the chance to hone your book into a perfect jewel (or something). I love the description of the crash helmet head – that scene could have been my middle son who sings all the time and also has an enormous head! Tee hee. By the way – I found this post on twitter but it’s not appeared on the #WhatImWriting linky – hope the linky is working properly? Let me know if not xxx

    • Hello lovely! Thank you for the comment!

      It was me – I was an idiot – so excited to have actually produced a post I forgot to follow up and link in – on it like a car bonnet now! xxx

  2. Love this post 🙂 Though I’m not sure I can forgive you for putting *that* song in my head the minute I read the title!!! Having recently toiled through the third edit of my novel I totally sympathise with the need to just stop being precious and dump stuff that’s not working as well as it could. That’s where having the outside professional eye is so valuable… And I have no doubt that if I do finally manage to win a publishing deal I’ll have to go through it all over again! xx

  3. The writing treats are brilliant! Chocolate and wine, perfect. I’m just starting to edit my book so know a little of how you feel, but it must be brilliant to get a professional opinion on it. Keep it up! Looking forward to the end result. xxx

  4. Ahhhh I love reading your posts Aimee, they always make me giggle. I read Stewart Ferris’ brilliant book How to be A Writer just before I wrote mine, and I honestly didn’t feel attached to any of my writing which made editing much easier. I don’t know how I’d feel if I got a publishing deal for BTBY and they told me to chop a third of it… probably be a different story 😉 sounds like you are doing a fab job hon. Enjoy your treats xx

  5. That sounds like a pretty radical edit. It’s all for the good of the story though. Keep going x

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