Diana Gabaldon doesn’t just share her daily lines or explanations about her characters. She also shares writing advice to budding authors.
How do you decide when to cut scenes and sentences from a finished manuscript? That was a question on the LitForum recently, and Diana Gabaldon shared her advice. Realizing that there was a lot that fans of her novels would gain and snippets from Outlander Book 9, titled “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone,” she decided to share the post on her social media.
Gabaldon shares that she has a file called “Assembly Buffer.” This is a file where all her cut parts are placed so that they’re never gone forever. After all, even if she doesn’t use her work, she still values the content, just like I’m sure many other authors do! And it’s there if she decides at a later date that she wants to use it again.
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With the advice, she shared a snippet from “Bees,” showing the original and then the edited version. You can see for yourself where the edited parts are, and she’s taken out the text where there are spoilers from the book.
While there is a “final” version, it’s not completely finalized. Diana Gabaldon recently shared that she has two months of writing left before it will be ready for the publishers. However, some of the editing process happens over time and there will be a final edit before sending to the publishers around the world.
#DailyLines #GoTELLTheBEESThatIAmGONE #Noitisntdoneyet #SOON #workmanship #exampleA couple of days ago, I was…
If you thought the books were already long, imagine how much longer they could be? It’s interesting to see how she works but also encouraging that she offers advice to budding authors so they can do their best work.
What do you think about the editing process? What would your advice be? What do you hope to read in “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone?” Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Outlander Book 9 will be finished by the end of the year. Follow Claire and Jamie on Twitter for the latest updates and news.