Following on with our series in developing creative discipline, we look today at ‘the edit’.
Obviously, there is a lot more to editing then what I am going to say here but I think (for myself in particular) this is an area I find myself continually having to return to.
You see, the problem is while I love to write the story, the nitty gritty of tidying up the script afterwards – particularly grammar and vocabulary – is not something I relish. Truth is, like all disciplines in life, there are some we take onboard quickly and others we don’t.
Recently, I have been getting down to the nitty gritty of the final edit – in particular, making sure I avoid the careless error of settling for verbs like ‘walk’ and ‘look’ in my script when a wealth of other ACTIVE VERBS might be used to convey a greater depth of meaning and emotion – for example (walk) could be ‘strides, creeps, edges, marches’ and (for look) ‘peers, squints, gazes, stares’
Now, in my search for active verbs, I did come across a useful resource on the writers helping writers website which you can find by clicking here.
If you have read this far, I now designate you as active verb editors (first class) and commission you ‘to boldly go!’
(ps split infinitive intended)