I love writing, but I don’t like editing. I enjoy it, but usually only if it’s me sat with a printed version and a pen, or reading it out loud (this is really effective, as you’ll stumble over your mistakes). Looking at a document in Word and realising I’ve got to rewrite huge chunks of the book is daunting at best, and depressing, at worst.
But it’s got to be done - it’s a good story, one I want to tell you, and one I want to publish next month. I figure the easiest way to do this is to chronicle how far I’ve gotten at the end of each day I work on it. Hopefully you’ll be curious enough by the end of the process to actually buy/sample the book itself, which will be e-published via myself, on Amazon’s Kindle Store, and soon after will become a KDP Select title, to help boost publicity and promote the book.
The moment it goes out, I’ll take a week off from writing and keep up PR, then while maintaining that little planned effort, I’ll start planning and then writing novel #2, which is going to be longer (this one stands at 50k words, but who knows, it might grow or shrink during editing) and written and published significantly faster.
Then, who knows?
Tonight, I finally went back to charting what happens in each chapter, in bullet points. I started at just after the opening of chapter eight, and finished at thirteen, with the intention of finishing it completely tomorrow, so I can start actually editing and rewriting significant chunks of it by Thursday (I’m out Wednesday night).
As far as the rewriting actually goes, I’m pretty damn happy. Looking through it from chapter eight onwards, it’s well-written and reads solid, so I’m happy that after a rewrite and an editing pass, I can give it to whichever crazy (read: insanely time-generous) people sign up to beta-read it (with an NDA of course - archaic, but stuff it, I protect my IP). I have also figured out how to rewrite the main chunk I was concerned about.
My issue with rewriting that chunk was the feeling that it was that point I should be using to effectively shoehorn in 30,000 words. No, really. My novel is, what, around 220 pages? I’m worried it’s too short, despite being a fan of (and heavily influenced by, for this novel at least) Phillip K. Dick’s novels, one of which (Androids or Scanner, one of the damn two) is about 180 pages, to memory.
I’m content with it staying short - I’ve felt that way for a while now, and this settled it.
Until tomorrow then, peeps.
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