‘Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip’
But sometimes when you write, you’re so indulged in the magic of your own creation, that you lose yourself within your world and go on, rambling about things that make the novel all the more real to you, but which readers will most definitely skip, especially when you begin yapping about things that have nothing to do with the plot.
So with feelings of elation, exhilaration and excitement, I have to grab the knife and butcher my precious little child to make it presentable for the world to read.
‘A Siren’s Song’ is an idea I developed when I was 16 and was the first story I wrote and finished in the English language, albeit it being only 60 pages. When I returned to the idea this January I was eager to make it work for older audiences, but also make it appealable to the young adult age group it belongs, as well as insert it into the fantasy genre more prominently. So I reformed the world, took different decisions, difficult turns and made brave, but risky, choices. But even then it didn’t feel real to me. It was only when I’d written half my way through the story when it hit me. And it did in the shower of all places. If that isn’t a sign, then I don’t know what is.
So as I was pouring water all over me in a similar manner that Iris does in the book, I found the connecting dot that would make this book and its trilogy a worth-while read for avid bookworms. Now that I’ve finished the first stage of the draft writing with 57k words on my shoulder, I’m about to jump right in on the next, more difficult step. That of editing. If you ask any author, they will tell you that the hardest thing to do is make the writer shut up inside their heads and awaken the editor and critic when going through the novel. You have to resist, fight or even combat the urge to add a little bit here and there, because you want everyone to know this world just a bit too well, and instead erase parts that you love and treasure in the sake of good literature.
I’ve only been through this stage a few times, so I’m still a novice. But thankfully, three years of college have taught me how to be a good and honest critic, even with myself. So with these thoughts let’s bang the gong.
Let the revision commence…