As a novelist, I believe my style is evolving all the time. If that’s the case with my books, then I reasoned it may well also be the case with my blogs. So I’m revisiting a few and this one caught my eye.
Whilst this is still an accurate representation of my approach to editing, I think it only fair to mention that I’ve had to add an additional category – bullying.
I’ve noticed a pattern developing during the editing process. There are times when peripheral players attempt to influence the plot. In my latest manuscript, I’ve had one arguing about the manner of his own demise. I’m sure I’m not the only author to experience this; a timid writer is no match for a determined character.
Sometimes one of them has a worthwhile point but mostly, they’re just trying to build up their own part, so I’ve developed a cunning strategy.
To prevent the story wandering off at a tangent the only answer is not to be intimidated – it’s your book. If they persist, my advice is not to threaten them with death because they’ll relish that and demand a whole chapter to themselves. No, the answer is to threaten to write them out – works a treat!
Happy editing all!