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can't sleep books will eat me

i try to stay here but my blues go walking around

I wonder if I'm jaded enough to just pretend I read these page proofs. Since I'm kind of scrawling out of my skin right now over how much I want to cut huge chunks of exposition out of the first two chapters. How many times can we explain the same fairly uncomplicated thing?

Sigh. I know. What seems like too much exposition to me is probably actually about half as much as most readers would really prefer. It still makes me keen and rock.

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This probably does not help.

I am with you on the less exposition thing. I do not read to be told things I know. And even if I don't know them, I prefer them glossed over, varnished, museumed, and probably not visited at all.

Er, keep up the good work?
I think you are confusing "exposition" with "bad exposition." *g*

Of course you read to be told things. That's all stories are: being told things. The pleasure is in the fact that a good writer makes you feel like you are discovering them for yourself, not being told them at all.
I enjoy exposition. Thank you for keeping them.
I've always thought you're keen and you rock, but that's probably not what you meant.
[[supergee]]

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I am not sure if "scrawling" is a typo or not, but it is a very evocative verb either way.

I always stick things in the subtext, instead of actually spelling out the exposition, and then go all surprised and sad when the readers are confused. But of course it's obvious, it's right here! . . . in my brain.
I could, you know, tell you if you're on the road to TME-land. In a selfless sort of way.
*snort*
huh...I can't tell from your post if you are talking about *your own* page proofs or the page proofs of someone else.

If you mean someone else, I would say tell them it should be cut, they wouldn't ask your opinion if they didn't want you input.

If they are yours...well..then it's trickier. If you can't, cuz this is too late a stage for that, then shrug it off and figure it's probably going to be find for someone who hasn't read the book 300 times. ;) If you can...wow, I have no idea. I *like* it when a book just jumps in and goes with it and figures I'll sort out what's happening as we go...to a point. Done right I *say* I hate it, but it really actually thrills me cuz it makes me think, done wrong (by which I mean I don't *actually* have enough info to figure it out) it makes me feel stupid and keeps me from enjoying the story because long after I should be caught up in the lives of the characters I'm still going "wait, who is this person and why is this situation a problem, and more importantly, why do I care".

Exposition is tricksy. :)
...and I really need to learn to sit on a comment for 10 minutes and then proofread. Please *try* to ignore the typos, resist the urge to edit, and just try to sort out what the hey I just said. My apologies.
On page proofs: I had something like this with my last book. It's a short story collection: and there was one novelette/short novella I couldn't bear to re-read, much less crawl over. (A collaboration.) So I emailed my editor-person and said "hey, I've proofed everything except Story X, because I can't bear to go over it; can you give it an extra pair of eyeballs?" And you know what? She said "of course."

Unless your publisher is asleep at the switch, there will be a proofreader checking these proofs -- and after this many books in so few years, you're in credit for some extra editorial TLC if you want it, just like I was.

NB: this is not advice, this is my personal experience, wot I hope will be of interest to you.

Edited at 2009-05-18 04:02 am (UTC)
That is a very good thing..

Also, I have yet to find a single problem. And I didn't make any major changes on the CEM except stetting a thing or two systemically, which so far look like the stets took.

I shall, I think, comfort myself with just *reading* and looking for glaring errors. That seems like a good compromise.
Since that exposition is, I am sure, both (a) quite well written [1] and (b) necessary to get the book published in the first place, I for one am quite happy it is there and eagerly await the chance to purchase a copy of my very own.

[1] You wrote it, and you write quite well; therefore I deduce that it is quite well written.
And [3] my editor suggested I put it all in there, because what was going on was a little opaque otherwise... *g*

And she is a Very Smart Editor.

But the story is all in my head! Surely people can see it in my head!

...oh.
Mwahahaha. Oh, I hate that.
[I] It still makes me keen and rock. [/I]

Like October Project?
I think they rock and keen.
The keening must worry the GRD. They have such sensitive hearing.