Started this on Monday…the line edit, that is. Although I don’t take everything that’s suggested by my first reader (I don’t have a second reader) she’s very helpful. She’s also irritating, annoying and a pain in the ass. So why do I let her do this? Because ultimately she helps me make my book better.
She catches things I don’t see because I’ve been too close. She questions things I’ve tried to get away with.
I have one rule. Don’t touch my dialogue. Does she adhere to that? No. She tries to get around it by suggesting dialogue above mine. I pay no attention. Mine is better.
Do I enjoy this process? Yes and no. So far (I’m on page 103 of 500) we haven’t had a screaming fight. Perhaps we’ve grown up?
There are about 400 pages to go. I’ll keep you posted on the maturity level.