Anne Rice – The Writing Process [Part 5]
But, what is her writing process? Does she plan out her stories or let the characters take her where they will? The “Anne Rice Examiner” decided to ask the author these questions and more. Her answers, as always, are honest, insightful and provide the reader and fledgling writer with a treasure trove of useful information and a greater sense of Anne Rice, the writer.
And now, Anne Rice:
5 – In a recent post, you said that the copy-editing process can be the most creative, yet challenging, part of the process; why?
When I send the manuscript to NY, I’m finished with it, having done my best. The copy editor there goes over it for spelling, punctuation, inconsistencies, dropped words, any “problem” in the text. But my good copy editors never “re-write.” They don’t strike out phrases or rearrange sentences or try to creatively “correct” my style or teach me how to do it. Again, they correct mistakes only, and then return the manuscript to me. I go over it word by word and not only approve or reject their corrections, but find all kinds of things to change on my own, phrases I want to perfect, sentences to strike out, inconsistencies that no one else perhaps can notice. It can be grueling. But it’s always a wonderful opportunity to enhance, to add, to refine. —– You’re looking for errors, but you’re also seeing your prose after a time of rest and thought, and you’re seeing things you might have missed earlier. There have been times when I added whole paragraphs and pages to the copy edited manuscript. Other times, no — simply small things. Then when the galleys come — the first print run with all your copy edits —- you can go through this all again. It’s your last real chance to add something here or there, or refine, or cut, etc.