I had dabbled in writing since maintaining a food blog for over six years. Tackling a novel is a whole new ballgame. Wait, let me backtrack a little. I’ve always been a dreamer. I remembered my early childhood when my father always scolded me for being absent-minded. Even then I would think up scenarios in my head and appear to be lost in my own world. In high school, I even started on a science fiction novel which I, unfortunately, abandoned. I grew up learning and speaking three languages. You can just imagine how confusing that can be when it came to writing. Fortunately, I only had to do composition in two of them.
I did well in my English courses in high school, but when I headed off to college and took up an Engineering degree, I got rusty in composition. When I started writing a food blog, I realized that I had a habit of shifting subject-pronoun agreement, and mixing up verb tenses. I was able to get a writing coach to help me be more mindful of this. When I switched to fiction writing, I told my friend who was a beta-reader to excuse my dangling modifiers and verb tenses. I knew I had a problem. You know what she told me?
“Don’t worry, that’s the job of the editor.”
And you know what? She was right. Especially for those of us who have a story to tell but had not had the opportunity to be a literature or English major, there’s the editor that can help without losing your own voice. I also realized that it’s a good thing to just roll with the punches. When the words and ideas are flowing out—forget about the adverb placement, forget about your verb tenses—you can always go back and fix them later.
I’ve finished proofreading my first novel and I couldn’t wait to share what I have learned during the editing process. As I prepare my novel for publication, maybe other first-time writers may also benefit from the experience.
About Victoria Paige
Victoria Paige lives in Richmond, Va with her husband. She had been a database administrator before deciding to open a pastry business. She has a love affair with food and she loves to eat, cook and bake and her alter-ego also writes a food blog. When she received an E-reader last year, her love for reading came roaring back and before she knew it she must have read over 150 books in eight months! She had written a lot in high school (science fiction), but when she took off to college to pursue an Engineering degree, that had taken the backburner for a couple of years … well for decades, actually. Her reading addiction occurred at the most impeccable time. After burning out in the baking business, she had retreated to her books and that was when she discovered that there was yet another field to cultivate—that was to write her own book. She loves paranormal, urban fantasy and contemporary and historical romances.
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