Monday, July 11, 2016

Strong Writing and Weak Writing

Finally something worth posting. I just finished up recording and editing some videos for my YouTube channel in the spirit of Camp NaNoWriMo this month. A set of three videos on the three most important concepts to understand when editing a work in progress manuscript.

I've wanted to start up my YouTube channel again with a focus on writing and books, so it's best to go with what you know. Editing a novel is a strange experience in many ways. It's a brutally honest moment of self-reflection on a product we make with brain matter and a word processor. Some people find it a difficult process, and it is, but these are the three things that really help me whenever I dissect and put a story back together.

This video is on identifying strong and weak writing, basically the things you want to prioritize, and things in need of improvement. I mean, why fix what is working? Edits are all about finding the stuff that isn't working, and strengthening them to their maximum potential. It's mechanical work in equal amounts of creativity required to connect the narrative pieces.

Tomorrow's video is about keeping a cool head when working on such a passionate project. After that is learning when the editing process has reached it's natural conclusion. These were a lot of fun to make, and I hope to make more in the future.