Editing is a rewording activity!

Forgive the pun, I like to think of myself as punny, occasionally. However, this particular blogpost is in celebration of editing! Specifically, celebration of a friend of mine who has opened an editing department for his publishing company. Since he helped me so greatly during the long, arduous process of drafts two, three, and four of my unpublished novel, “A Knight of Kuryle”, I thought I’d share that experience with those of you who were interested as well!

Now, the obligatory disclaimer. I was asked to write up this review, however, I have not received any services or payment for these words. Everything I say was true before this company ever started business, and I’m sure will continue to be true after I speak it, as well.

With the unpleasant business out of the way, now we can get on to the experience of having Chris Votey edit my works.

First, I would like to state that working with him opened up whole new worlds to my writing. I will admit, I began writing the same way all fandom-obsessed, fresh-out-of-highschool twit does. I started writing REALLY HORRID FANFICTION. Self-insters, authors notes, awful, AWFUL, chew-the-scenery descriptions, and a lack of forsight when it came to my world building that just generally wasn’t acceptable. I had a long way to go, and honestly, I’m surprised Chris stayed with me for as long as he did.

Chris didn’t just help me with moulding my words into something beautiful and sharp. He helped sharpen my mind, showed me new ways of thinking about what it was I was working with, working for, and gave me entirely new perspectives on how and why I should put the words on the paper. It’s thanks to his encouraging words and constant supervision that I was able to come to the conclusion that the book I was writing was not one book, but rather a series. It was thanks to Chris’ hard work at managing my mind that I realized a major plot-point in my book had been glossed over, when it could add so much more depth and beauty to the story.

I will not say that it was a quick or easy process however. I am a prideful woman, and honestly, I found sometimes that we would butt heads. The way Chris explains things can be… difficult to grasp. I found the trick was, like he said, to follow along with what he said, rather than attempting to jump ahead and make my own conclusions. The way he thinks, the way he writes, is very different from the way I think, and I find it has enriched my writing.

Not to mention he has the type of vocabulary that makes a girl breathless. That is to say, he knows so many ways to say so many things. He’s an avid owner of several thesauruses, including both the Positive and Negative Traits thesauruses. Which are extremely helpful when you come to him for help with characterizing a particularly difficult character, the way I had to several times.

All in all, if I had to pay money to get his help with making my works shine, I would scrounge, scrimp and save every penny, if only to have him touch my manuscripts again. I would go without food to do so, without a second thought.

6 comments to Editing is a rewording activity!

  • dSavannah  says:

    Wow! What an awesome review! I’m so excited to partner with Chris – we have the same sensibilities when it comes to words and stories and editing.

    Thank you for sharing your experience!!!

    • Nicohle Christopherson  says:

      Any time! Like I said, Chris is really an amazing inspiration to me, and I’m more than happy to spread the word.

  • Christopher D. Votey  says:

    As I always say, you can lead a horse to ice, but you can’t make them ice skate.

  • Christopher D. Votey  says:

    I am proud of the progress you have made and know you will soon make a great author.

    • Nicohle Christopherson  says:

      Your praise is worth more than any sum of money. Thank you.

  • aandj8804  says:

    This post reminds me of a Ted talk I heard recently. The guy was talking about how artists (writers, actors, musicians, etc) frequently did better at their craft when put into complicated, confusing, or difficult situations. Even students did a better job at memorizing information and test taking when the material they were studying was hard to read. It sounds like Chris made a strong impression on your work simply by challenging you to think outside of your box and take your writing beyond your comfort zone. And if he did that, then I have no doubt that he is a great editor! 🙂

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