Let me just start by saying, this is a cautionary tale.
I am the kind of writer who edits by ripping steaming hunks out of her manuscript, shakes them mightily at the writer-gods and then starts over. I find sparkly new words to convey the reworked ideas.
I believe that the best way to rewrite, for me, is to keep the nugget of the idea and then rewrite from scratch. I write fast and I write a lot. It works for me.
I call this method Evisceration
It is not to be confused with ripping the entrails out of sheep, goats or eyeballs - no matter what Google says.
I was procrastinating by perusing the stats on my blog: http://www.leslieadow.com while chatting with my peeps in our Savvy Boot Camp Chatroom. It's your pretty normal authors blog nothing really outrageous, bar the occasional AT&T rant, when my skipping eyeballs focused on a search string used to find my blog....evisceration step by step procedure.
"Huh," I said, "That's curious. What the heck is going on there..." and I plugged it into Google. OMG. Well you can see. Let's just call it the law of unintended consequences. My attempt at clever writerly metaphor backfired, badly.
Not that I imagine anyone looking for the other kinds of evisceration will be tempted by my 45,000 word slicing via colorful index cards and big wall-sized post-ets. But still.
What can I say? The internet: it's a whole 'nother country. Watch those titles because Google is.
Leslie's friends say she discovered DNA, cured cancer (all kinds) and then sequenced the Human Genome. They’re pleasantly deluded and like to have people buy them martinis in trendy bars. Actually, she help businesses make better stuff, wheedles moody software engineers, and Googles professionally. And she writes, oh yeah, that, too.
She's currently the SavvyAuthors.Com Weekly Newsletter editor and always looking for great articles on writing and publishing. www.leslieadow.com