I’m editing the second draft of my second novel, currently titled Desired Effect. The working log line is, “When a San Francisco actress lands her first film role as the often naked love interest of a flawlessly handsome momma’s boy, it sparks a romance of mythic proportions.” While I’m grateful to be this far along after a long (really long) writing process, working on this draft should be a lot more fun than it is right now.
I greatly prefer editing to writing. Filling blank pages is often agonizing; there’s either too much or too little to say, and it’s often hard to know where to begin. Refining text that already exists, filling in gaps in narrative, sharpening the jokes: that’s a whole lot easier.
I’ve been using Uta Hagen’s 10 Questions, a tool I used in my acting school days, to ensure my main characters have clear objectives and very personalized stakes in their story arcs. These questions really help me firm up the given circumstances for my characters and ensure they’re taking meaningful action, not just sitting around talking all day long … which they’d love to do, believe me.