Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rewriting works

I finished my reread of Stag at Bay last night and did some light editing. The first half needs work. The second half--well, remember last summer I trashed the entire second half of that book and rewrote it? Well, I had forgotten that.

But when I read the whole thing, it's obvious. The first half is light, rather slow, a little underwritten. The second half is much better written, with better pacing, and it's dark. It's dark. I wrote something dark! And I didn't even realize it.

So eventually I need to work on the first half, and there are some changes to the second half that I think I need to make too. But it sure makes me feel better to see solid evidence that my writing has improved in the last two years.


Aaron Polson said...

Excellent! It's nice to realize your craft is improving. (And I knew you had some dark in there...we'll make a horror writer of you yet).

K.C. Shaw said...

Compared to horror, this is more dimmish than really dark. But it's a lot darker than I usually write!

Jamie Eyberg said...

I find it amazing how much we do grow as writers in such a relatively short time period. Good luck with the edits and I can't wait to see it in print.

Carrie Harris said...

"Dimmish." Can I borrow that word? I don't write horror either, but I've been accused of dimmishness every once in a while. :)

K.C. Shaw said...

Jamie--Thanks, I'm pleased at being able to actually see the difference instead of just suspecting it.

Carrie--Dimmish is available free for all to use. Just because I have perfected dimmishness doesn't mean others can't aspire to it. :)