I don’t mind helping out my friends, whatever it is I do my best to help. In this case, it’s editing the first draft of my friend’s book.
We all know what it’s like to hand over the first draft, it’s hard. It’s hard because someone may mark up and down with pen or pencil, get it back with different critiques than one was hoping for. It’s the business of writing: start, fumble around a bit, stop, start again and eventually finish(again).
When I was in middle school, I gave my brother my very first draft of my novel series. He read it, asked me if I was going to rewrite it and when I said no, he threw it in the trash. Yes, it was mean to do that, but it opened my eyes to be prepared for any critique. And yes, I got it out off the trash and kept writing.
It’s been hard to concentrate on her book; I put it down three times in one sitting. I hope to finish it and give her a typed up critique when we get back to school.
I gave myself a head-start and all ready begun to type up her critique and the things they need to work on is going to get long. No one is perfect on their first or even final draft. Eventually the writing gets better. As I was writing the critique, I felt like a teacher. While I do this, I am hoping this is what an actual book editor for a publishing company does.
I hope what I say doesn’t discourage in her in the journey of novel writing. It should give her fuel.
Well I am off to do something productive… I hope.