Hemingway is credited with saying, “Write drunk, edit sober.” According to his granddaughter, Mariel, he never said it or used the practice.

Although when writing, I drink water, not wine, I get it. Writing the first draft is the party where all the fun takes place. Editing is cleaning up the mess left behind. I admit, sometimes it feels like a hangover.

To me, creating the story and characters from scratch is the best part of writing. I just finished the draft of my upcoming suspense novel, ROCK BOTTOM.

Editing is what I am working on now. It is with no doubt the hardest part of writing. Each sentence, and sometimes individual words, must be scrutinized to make sure they convey what is intended. Any unnecessary words or scenes get deleted. I am constantly going back and forth verifying the consistency of details like a minor character’s name, a description of vehicle, time and place of event, etc. Fortunately, I also have some help, a few super talented writers editing and critiquing my work.

Soon, my suspense novel, ROCK BOTTOM, will be published. I am glad that some of my main characters like Detective Colt Jessup will remain with me in future books as part of a new series. I feel sure you will love this character as much I do. He is a street-smart cop who doesn’t always play by the rules. At great risk to himself, he manages to solve crimes others cannot.

Look for ROCK BOTTOM to come out soon on Amazon.

Be safe. Stay well. Feel blessed.

About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at
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