Boy, did he nail this one the head for me. I spend 80% more time editing my work than actually writing it. In my last novel, HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT, it was my own fault for pantsing it, and then having to go back and make major edits.
However, even with LAST WINTER RED, which I outlined, I spent several weeks of intense-high pressure edits after writing the bulk of it over a weekend writer’s retreat. And for all that work, I didn’t really change much. I added three small scenes (by small I mean 100 words or so) but the rest of it was fixing grammar, spelling, flow, etc.
Jon’s suggestion is to get your story down first, and do the editing when you are done (Yay, I did it right!) If you edit constantly, while you are writing, you will probably go back and make changes before you are even done.
Note: The above are Jon Gibb’s main speaking points, with my rambling opinions attached.
Jon Gibbs is the author of one of my son’s favorite books: FUR-FACE, which was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award.
Jon is an Englishman transplanted to New Jersey, USA, where he is an ‘author in residence’ at Lakehurst Elementary School. Jon is the founding member of The New Jersey Author’s Network and FindAWritingGroup.com.
Jon blogs at jongibbs.livejournal.com
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