I did a piece on YAtopia about How to become an Intern and I'm inspired to share with you why I believe being an intern improves your writing.
I've been interning for a publisher, which means I provide them with reader reports on submissions they give me. While I can't talk about the submissions, I can talk about my personal process for this.
Basically I jot down notes chapter by chapter looking for the naughty no-nos, like:
- Info dumping
- Poor punctuation and grammar
- Plot issues
- Wayward characterization.
I'm not a good editor of my own work naturally, but I love editing other people's work. But I don't get to do it as often as I'd like. However with my internship there has been a steady flow of work for me to read and I've found my mind stays in reader report mode now.
I was looking for five pages of sample writing to send off to someone and was horrified as I looked through a draft manuscript that I thought was some of my best work. Yikes! I found so much telling and info dumps where the MC is continuing explaining the world building. Yes it's a very complicated world building I've created, but I was about as subtle as a sledge hammer.
But it doesn't upset me as I know that when I get back into that manuscript I will weed out all the naughties with my new found report report mode.
So, for those of you who are interns - what are some of the things you love about it? (I love the fact I get to read amazing books before they're published and FOR FREE!)
And those of you thinking about interning, what would you like to get out of it?