Then we went to 'nasty' mode. In this type of edit I go both barrels! I look for whether the story is any good, typos, grammar, over-used words - the lot basically. To give him his due, Rob handles even the most severe mauling with professionalism and is brave enough to A) request this type of edit and B) stand by his guns when he believes in something he has written.
The flip side to the is sometime I feel like shit. I know he has spent hours (in some cases) crafting the story and then I come in with a hatchet. It is not a good feeling but the sensation of knowing a piece has been accepted after your input is pretty good and it's enough to keep me coming back.
What I have learned from this process, I now apply to my own - hopefully my words are better because of it.
Anyway, now that's off my chest...
Stephen King's new book, Dr Sleep, follows the character of Danny Torrence from The Shining. The Shining is a book I love, it has a huge spot in my past, my heart and was one of the catalysts that made me want to write but this book fills me with dread and excitement, in more or less equal measure.
My love affair with King's writing has been on the wane since the final Dark Tower book (though I did enjoy The Wind Through The Keyhole, book 4B in the series). Under the Dome was, for me, the first King wallbanger.
So am I going to buy Dr Sleep? Yeah, of course. Will I buy it in hardback? ....... probably. Once a fanboy and all that...
On the writing side of things...
My writing has been very much on the back boiler due to a few days spent with my girlfriend. It has given me the opportunity to think about the structure of my latest story, 'At the End'. As I have mentioned previously, it is non-linear but I was trying to find its underlying story. I realised it is staring me in the face so the second draft will place the non-linear segments in a much more compelling (I hope) order.