A Broad Brush Editing Moment

Celebrate your first draft, but know that it isn’t the end, just the beginning. The magic you’ve created is nothing compared to what’s possible. Now, let me take you on a little editing journey. Let me tell you a story…

Image: CA Hawthorne

Image: CA Hawthorne

I’m always inventing names for my own processes and one of those is editing with a broad brush. Don’t be impressed. It means I had to fix a disaster.

Like most, I complete a draft and set it aside, but under the right circumstances I make an exception. Genius or odd compulsion? Efficiency or the need to satisfy a quirk? Who knows. It works for me.

My first drafts are borderline wretched, but sometimes scenes are DOA on arrival, so bad a wholesale scrap and replace is called for. Such was the case with the opening to Book 2, A River in Each Hand.

First Attempt, First Draft
The initial draft opened with several scenes where my protagonist entered the Wilder Hills with two companions. The ensuing banter was…

 

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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