Editing and Other Intimacies

I believe I’ve waxed poetic about how much I love the editing process. In fact, I have several blog posts that prove this statement.

As a young writer, I hated editing. I believed staunchly in the fact that what I had written was the best form the story would ever take and that I had intended every scene the way they had been written. You could not get me to edit beyond grammatical errors.

I think this hatred stemmed from that fact that I took the process of editing personally. Having someone tell me what to change in my story was tantamount to telling me what to change in myself. This was my baby. And like any parent, I saw my baby as perfect. This is probably where my writing courage comes from.

Of course, I soon realized that hating editing was hubris at its height. What I have written is not perfect, nor will it ever be. As soon as I understood this, a whole new world opened up for me. One that is built on trust.

An editor has great power over a writer and the process of creation. Receiving editorial notes can be like being handed the Holy Grail. A list of ways to improve your story. Who wouldn’t want that?

Can you imagine if the list given to you was all wrong? Or if the editor had been careless about the advice given? Or if the editor was so green he or she didn’t know they were inflicting damage instead of helping improve the story?

Over the years, I have heard and read many editing horror stories. And it pains me to admit, but I’ve suffered through a couple them that to this day leaves me doubting my abilities to write.

This is because editing is such an intimate process. It is the breaking down of a story and building it up again. It is the development of a character. It is approaching scenes from a different angle.

I count myself fortunate to be working with an awesome, often awe-inspiring, editing team. Which is why any shortcomings you might find in No Love Allowed and any of my other novels moving forward are entirely my own. I have never loved editing this much in my writing career. It’s a process I enjoy immensely because it’s amazing to see how different the first draft is from the finished product.

I waxed poetic again, didn’t I?

Book playlist for No Love Allowed

When I was writing No Love Allowed, there was one song that really embodied the story. If you listen to the lyrics of Love Somebody by Maroon 5 you’ll definitely see the connection with No Love Allowed. Especially the lines:

I know your insides are feeling so hollow
And it's a hard pill for you to swallow, yeah
But if I fall for you, I'll never recover
If I fall for you, I'll never be the same

These show Didi’s and Caleb’s characters. Didi having bipolar disorder leaves her feeling hollow and Caleb is so afraid to fall in love that when he finally does it changes him forever. I recommend playing this song on repeat while reading the book.

As for the rest of the playlist, here’s Caleb’s First Date list which is part of the Swoonworthy Extras found at the back of the book.

1.         For the First Time by The Script
2.         Love Somebody by Maroon 5
3.         Take Me to Church by Hozier
4.         Miss Missing You by Fall Out Boy
5.         (Kissed You) Good Night by Gloriana
6.         Trying Not To Love You by Nickelback
7.         You’re All I Have by Snow Patrol
8.         Romeo and Juliet by The Killers
9.         Stubborn Love by The Lumineers
10.       Girl You’re Alright by Paul Otten
11.       The Shape I Found You In by Girlyman
12.       Not Alone by Darren Criss
13.       Overjoyed by Bastille

The background story for this list is on the flight back to the States, to keep himself from going crazy over missing Didi and the all-consuming guilt of leaving her, Caleb put this playlist together in anticipation of the date he was planning so he could win her back. For fun put this playlist together and have it playing in the background while reading No Love Allowed.

Or if you’ve already read the book and have a song/playlist in mind, hit me up on Twitter (@KateEvangelista). I would love to listen to it. Link me to the video on YouTube if there is one.

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