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Editing: I’m Always Changing the SAME THINGS

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

This editing pass through “The King’s Sons,” the final book in my first trilogy, has really opened my eyes to the kinds of things I’m changing. Unshockingly, they’re a lot of the same things I changed in the first two novels. I continue to write in this sloppy manner while drafting, and I never change enough instances of these buggers later on. Thought I’d share to see whether I’m alone:

  • “He knew she would…” I use “to know” in that manner far, far too often. Basically, the reader knows who the point of view character is in a scene (at least, in this novel a reader will, because my POV strategy is purposefully more rigid here than in book two.) Since the POV character is clear, it’s clear that the narration is from his/her perspective, and that whatever is stated is something s/he knows (or believes s/he knows.) So that…

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