19 comments on “Walking the High Wire of Editing

  1. Wonderful descriptions, Fran. You and your mom’s writings sound like a good combination. I’m sure she would have been proud of this collaboration. Can’t wait to read the final results.

    • Thanks so much, Gayle. Nice to see you on WordPress. I hope you are all settled into your new abode and getting on with life. Moving can really take it out of a person. Sending best wishes.

  2. Maelstrom reads fascinating, Francis! Congrats! Editing can be a painful and humbling experience indeed but we all need it. 😀

    • So true, Vashti – it is imperative. No matter the number of times I go over my own work, there are things I simply cannot spot. My editor is particularly talented at pointing out when I’m being overly wordy. A simple slash through four or five words does the trick. I get it 🙂

  3. Thanks for the sneak peak, Fran. I didn’t realize your mom inspired your new novel. Love it! Good luck with the rest of your edits.

    • Thanks for the well wishes. I wasn’t sure I could pull the story out of her 2000 plus, manual typewriter pages of starts and restarts complete with margin notations and whole sections slashed through with pen and ink. When I look at the nearly finished product, I am stunned by this accomplishment – on both our parts. Her ability to come up with these characters and the basis for this story and mine to refine and bring it to completion. Bravo mom and daughter team.

  4. Yvonne Amos says:

    You go girl! Can’t wait for this next book!

    • Thanks so much for your support, Yvonne. Are you enjoying the Crater Lake series? Hope the books bring back fond memories of North Island life along with their emotional ups and downs.

  5. noelleg44 says:

    Good luck with the rest of the editing!

  6. MariHoward says:

    Shall read with interest: looks to be going to be very different to Crater Lake! But hope for more Crater Lake as well!

    • This is a very different book!!! I was more than able to run with and refine my mom’s basic ideas but I must admit, I would not have conceived of this story on my own. I hope to have this book out in the fall and then spend time blocking out and working on a first draft of the next in the Crater Lake Series.

  7. smilecalm says:

    wonderful that someone
    skillfully reads
    what was
    not written 🙂

    • I love this comment because of the layers of meaning within a few words. You might be referring to the editing process – so true – a gifted editor will read not only what is written but what should or could be there. Then again, you might mean taking an idea for a book that would never see the light of day and bringing it forth to the world. Or maybe you read something completely different in this humble post. Many thanks for any possibility.

  8. P. C. Zick says:

    If this post is any indication, the novel will be a huge breathless success. Can’t wait to read.

    • Thanks so much for your support, Pat. I might actually be looking for a few pre-release readers with the agreement that a review might be posted on release day. Let me know if you’d be interested. Probably looking to release in early Nov with pre-release in Oct.

  9. Roy McCarthy says:

    Looking forward to this Fran, sounds an awesome collaboration.

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