Embers

By Josephine Greenland

Two siblings investigate the slaughter of reindeer in northern Sweden.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Let the Edit Begin!

So, the long anticipated day for me has arrived (or well, it arrived two days ago): I have received the first round of edits from my editor. I am very happy and exited by the recommendations and feedback, it's a very positive response overall. Apart from two queries about the plot, it is not a heavy edit: it is mainly a matter of smoothening out dialogue at places and fleshing out some character and setting descriptions. 

The feedback confirms something about my writing that I've suspected in a while: I tend to under-write rather than over-write. Whenever I'm about to descrieb a place in a story, I get strangly self-conscious and worried that my narrative and descriptive exposition is too heavy, dragging the plot down, and that I'm breaking the law of the classic Show Don't Tell. If there's anything this edit has taught me so far, it is that establishing a sense of setting is different from telling the reader about the setting. Not that I did not know about this before, but I think I have been made more aware of it and what impact it has on the reader. 

I am really enjoying the process and how it's getting me to think a bit mroe creatively about describing the characters and setting so far, and am very eager to find out what my editor makes of the changes. 

Cheerio for now, 

Josephine x 

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