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What Editing Has Taught Me Spiritually

In my last post, I talked about some practical tips editing has really grounded in me more as a writer.

Now, to move on, I would like to share what editing The Thrall’s Sword has taught me spiritually. (If you would like to learn more about my soon-to-be-published novel itself, click here.)

I have realized many things about God through this editing journey. I have learned that Jesus is the best Author whom I can totally trust and rely on to make my life into a beautiful masterpiece. When I trust in the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse my soul, He deletes all the bad stuff out of me bit by bit and adds good stuff to me to make me more like Himself–holy and righteous before God the Father.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Still, it really isn’t about the adding or the deleting, it’s about the becoming. It’s about the getting closer to God Himself. It’s about touching a little more of heaven each page at a time.

This is a story I want to live each day, basking in His grace, totally aware that my salvation is a gift and so is this beautiful journey of becoming like Him.

It is only through Jesus, the Author of life, that anything could turn our clear, coherent, and powerful. Without Him, my life would be a mess of unnecessary gibberish, loose ends, and frustrating tangents. With Him, I can live out the grand adventure He has set before me with boldness and courage, just as I was created to do. (Ephesians 2:10). As I keep handing the pen to the good Author and Editor of my faith, I can have confidence that one day I will see His face. (Hebrews 12:2-3; 1 John 2:28)

Can you have this confidence, too?

God didn’t make any mistake in creating you, dear friends. He created you for a purpose: to live in this world like Jesus (1 John 2:6).

Give up trying to write your own story and hand the pen to the perfect Author. Let Him lead you and guide you along the pages, to achieve a satisfying story full of meaning and purpose. When you do, you can trust that every detail of your life God is work out for your good (Romans 8:28).

I certainly love Him, and I hope you do, too. Because no matter what happens in this crazy world, even in these climatic moments, God will bring about the perfect happy ending for those who choose the side that is good.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

“I have told you these things, so that in me [Jesus] you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:31

 

 

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Update: Editing Editing Editing! My Editing Journey + 3 Helpful Writing Tips

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Hello everyone!

I hope you all are doing well. In spite of all that’s going on in this world, God is still good and life is still worth enjoying.

I certainly have been able to enjoy myself, editing my novel these past few weeks. Getting lost in a fictional world is one of the joys of both reading and writing a novel. Even so, the real truths of fiction conveys can help one cope with reality.

An editor from the publishing company, Ambassador International, got back to me in April with her feedback on my novel. After I finished my finals for my college sophomore semester, I set to work.

At first I was overwhelmed by the amount of comments and changes she made or suggested. But gradually I realized how helpful they were and how needed. Through editing this manuscript, I have begun to form a greater understanding of what it means to be a good writer.

Oftentimes, I would say things in my novel on a whim that ended up not making any sense to the novel and in progressing the story. While I had fun writing those parts, for the sake of you all, the readers, you won’t have to read such a gibberish. 😛

Anyhow, I just want to take some time here to reflect on my editing journey, as today I  finished editing my last chapter. While I still have more general edits to make throughout the novel, I feel like I have completed something important.

Here are three things I have learned from my editing journey:

  1. Be clear and concise. Yes. If you are a writer like me, you likely have heard this many times. Of course. It seems obvious, but how many times do I write wordy sentences while trying to bring across a profound message? Writing clearly and concisely sometimes means you have to be “less descriptive,” but in the end, it comes off more powerful.
  2. Say only what’s necessary. This goes along with #1, but it is more specifically about honing in on your point and deleting the rabbit trails. Saying only what’s necessary will help the reader  focus on what’s important and stay engaged with the story. Long, drawn-out tangents lead to frustrated readers.
  3. Show, don’t tell. I used to think this was too hard and too much to ask of me. How would the reader know what’s going on if you don’t tell them? Well, the truth is actions do speak louder than words. As I edited my novel, I realized how much pleasure I got when I deleted the “telling” parts and replaced them with “showing.” Showing the reader how the reader is feeling by them making a fist is more powerful than just saying: “Tristan felt angry.” Showing gives the reader a better and more direct picture of what is happening, and it makes them feel included rather than a bystander who hears what happened from someone else. So, it really is the truth: showing instead of telling makes a huge difference!

Anyhow, that’s the gist of what I’ve learned practically from this editing journey. It’s been a pleasure working on my novel with this fantastic editor, and I look forward to working on more general edits soon.

In my next post, I will share what editing has taught me spiritually.

Have a wonderful night everyone!