So I’ve blogged about procrastination and wanting to finish my novel. Well… I did it! It’s finished. 77, 984 words.
OK, the writing is finished. Now comes the editing. And believe it or not, I’ve already started that. I think I mentioned I went to a great workshop with Ian McHugh on editing and I’m trying really hard to follow the guidelines. Read and fix structure, then check characters and only then worry about the line edits. So I’m reading from scratch.
But I keep wanting to pick up line edits and stuff. It’s taking quite a bit of concentration and putting data into a spreadsheet as I do it, to ensure I’m sticking to the plan. After all, this is the first book I’ve edited and it’s much more complex than a short story. For one, there are many more characters and for another, it takes place in multiple locations. Have I got all the elements I need? Are all the story elements covered and resolved? Is it logical in terms of the storyline?
So far, after 2 chapters, it’s OK but that, I think, is the easy bit. It will take a bit of work before I can go on to making sure the characters are as rounded as they need to be and have their own voices. Actually, that latter bit worries me but maybe I’m OK. We’ll see.
On top of that I’ve been searching for a topic/theme/storyline for the next CSfG anthology ‘Never, Never Land’. I don’t think I’m much good at Mad Max stuff and apocalyptic themes are a bit overdone for me. So, horror, scifi, fantasy or what? No answers for that here but I think I might have something that I can work with. Finger’s crossed.
All in all, I’ve found my mojo again after months of … what? Thinking? Wondering? Worrying? Well I decided to stop the latter, keep wonder at my core and use it for good and stop thinking and write. Seems to have worked for me.