As much as I love to talk, I don’t like writing so much. My writing is pretty much how I speak, long winded and full of information that may or may not be needed to get my point across. So after my editor went over the Fénidecht article with me for a 3rd time (we dropped 1000 words) and we jointly declared it ready for submission, I sent it in. Then as I fell asleep last night I was fretting everything that I removed to make it more concise and specific to the audience. ARG!!
That really is the beauty of the modern technological age though isn’t it? ADF will publish the article in the Spring edition after which I can publish another version on this blog putting that information I had to remove for length back in and making it more informative for the general audience. This flexibility should remove any anxiety I have about not providing enough information in the print edition, but it really doesn’t. Maybe I should focus on getting a larger following by the time it comes out??
My next published project was going to be on Finn as a god, but I think I will focus on gentlidecht and how I came to choose gentlidecht as the word to describe my faith. Both drafts are over 2500 words so I suspect my editor and I will be going over them a lot before they hit the blog. I hope to learn how to better write my drafts so that she doesn’t have to go over them as much in the future.
For full disclosure the editor I work with happens to be my wife. I call her my editor because being an editor and writer is her career, from Simon and Schuster to her successful freelance business. From query letters to developmental editing to ghostwriting she does it all, and I have to plug her latest ghostwriting project is now available on Amazon called “Way of the SEAL” by Mark Divine with Allyson Edlehertz Machate and it is something those interested in the warrior path should read. I will be doing a review of it in the next couple weeks and posting it here.