Making Love to Your Manuscript

I admit it, I haven’t blogged for awhile. I’ve been unfaithful to the blogging world, cheating on it with my novel. Like with any new relationship, the novel consumed me, taunted me, teased me even.  There was a little awkwardness at the beginning, as we got to know each other. Once we got better acquainted, I found myself eager to spend every available moment with it. We were hot and heavy for months, more often than not keeping each other company until the wee hours of the morning.

But, alas, all good things must come to an end. Once we reached the climax, we knew soon we would have to part ways.

I wasn’t ready to say good-bye.  As good as things had been between us, I knew they could be better. We needed a breather. Time apart. I won’t lie, it was hard. I even dallied with a couple short stories. I know, shameless of me. I couldn’t help myself, I needed to fill the empty hours until we could be together again.

The moment finally arrived. I was nervous. For the relationship to work between us, things would have to change. We couldn’t afford any excess baggage. It was time to begin the editing process.

The first round was tough. Change is never easy. By the second and third pass, the editing got easier. I knew my novel so much better now. I took my time, learning when and how to hit the delete button to make it sing. I realized editing didn’t have to be painful process. Once the excess bloat of filler words made my novel leaner, I started to think of editing as making love to my manuscript. Where the keyboard needed to stroke it, which areas not to touch.

Editing may be the most tedious part of the novel process, but it is a part of our love affair with writing.  Putting a positive spin on it can help remind us of the passion we felt at the beginning when our work was still fresh and new.

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About Lori Gordon

Lori Gordon has created stories since childhood and has the notebooks to prove it! In recent years she’s written paranormal, science fiction, a family novella, and thrillers. She has had short stories published in a variety of anthologies. When fate dealt her an unexpected twist and Lori found herself among the millions of unemployed, she decided it was now or never and wrote her debut thriller State of Panic. She is currently working at work on her second novel featuring Detective Andi Lawson, which will be released in early 2012. She enjoys writing unique, multi layered characters, and loves to both read and write character driven stories. Lori has taken turns in sales, as a marketing executive and entrepreneur and is now focusing on her writing. She lives in Chicago and in her spare time loves to garden and spend time with her pets.
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14 Responses to Making Love to Your Manuscript

  1. Daryl Sedore says:

    Wow!

    Great post. I reveled in the making love analogy. So true. I certainly enjoy massaging my manuscript to the end scene (climax) and I take pleasure in manipulating the curves (the thing we call character arc) until everything is just right.

    Great post! Looking forward to more.

    Daryl

  2. Julie Musil says:

    This is great! I love the comparison to a love affair.

  3. pennyjars says:

    Great, big, happy love!

  4. Awesome! We broke up with our screenplay, went to therapy, now we’re working through it. It’s a process, nobody said love was easy.

  5. I have to agree with you that writing and editing to prepare our work is very much indeed a love affair. First of all you have to love to write to create the epic 300+ page novel. In any love affair there is work. I know I am insane because I talk to the pages of my manuscript and let them know what is going on, sometimes I get inspired during the editing phase and it feels like the manuscript is communicating back. Communication is key in every relationship. After that we start caressing around and experimenting with what feels good and what doesn’t feel good. But then of course I am insane.
    Great post, Thanks.

  6. Hemmie says:

    What a fabulous post! I too find that I love my ms more after several edits – it feels cleaner and crisp.
    Great blog to read, Lori.

  7. Quirina says:

    Fantastic! The hors d’œuvre was delscious. Now I want to devour your novel.

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