"There's an awful lot of gagging and retching in this story."
This is what my editor wrote on my corrected manuscript. I laughed out loud. How could I not? Of course there's puking! This is a boy's story, after all. I love her notes. They kill me.
Kristin is super cool, very straight forward and to the point. As for editing . . . I'm catching on now. I get it. I can delete whole paragraphs without a second thought. I used to writhe in pain with each correction. Now, I'm a surgeon, a scalpel in both hands.
I love how my story sounds as I go along, hacking and cutting. Kristine tells me I use too many adverbs, my paragraphs are wordy and awkward, and I'm sure she wonders why I don't know the difference between its and it's. I do. It's just a habit to add that dang apostrophe!
I'm so grateful WiDo could see past the amateur to the message beneath. You guys are going to love the finished product! Thanks for being strict, Kristine. This book will be awesome because of you!