When I first thought of reissuing Dearly Ransomed Soul, I decided it would be unfair to readers of the previous edition (published in 2008 by Legend Press) to just reproduce the same book. So I changed the setting and also the murderer. In practice this was far more difficult than writing a new book – new clues to be seeded, new scenes etc. I began to look at ways to make this process easier and the resulting process became a new learning curve in ways I had not expected.
I believe as writers, we should be open to new things, be they ways of working, ways of thinking or even writing in new unfamiliar genres. Anything that might stimulate our brains to travel along new pathways, anything to help us achieve that perfect finished product we all aspire to. So I began to read journal articles and books on the writing experience.
What I discovered was that the way I have been writing was possibly my biggest obstacle. I discovered new papers that said the creative side of the brain–the side a writer uses in that first draft–was totally opposite to the side a writer uses when editing. In other words, the creative part of the brain clashes with the analytical editing side of the brain. My research discovered that it is detrimental to the writer to edit your words as you write them because you are using two opposing sides of the brain at the same time and the one fights with the other. You are, in effect, fighting with yourself!
taken from www.funstanding.com
As part of the editing process, I took on board one other piece of advice. To print out your book on different coloured paper (and perhaps even use a different font), then edit in a different place to the one in which you usually write creatively, in my case my office. I took this advice. It worked beautifully. I printed my book out on lilac coloured paper and went to visit a friend for a few days. She worked in her garden while I sat in her conservatory and edited my book. I also learned what many people have told me, which is, that it is almost impossible to edit effectively on screen.
In short, the lesson I have learned in this process is that a writer never stops learning. By learning new skills, in my case dictation skills, I hope to significantly increase my output.
I will see if this new way of thinking and working has had any significant effect when the radically revised edition of Dearly Ransomed Soul is published in July.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15326934CRJ1401_3 Dissecting the Golden Goose.
Wolff, Jurgen. (2007) Your Writing Coach. Nicholas Brearley
Leonelle, Monica. Dictate Your Book http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/11/02/dictate-your-book-monica-leonelle