Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Frustration of Editing

I know it's been a while since I last posted, but I've been knee deep in edits for the last 2 months.

And by "knee deep" I mean I've been casually ignoring my book this entire time.

Okay, okay, I have actually been working on it, though probably not as much as I really should. My goal is to have this first round of edits done by December, and to be query-ready by March. The likelihood of this actually happening is slim, but hey...a girl can dream.

Right now, Chapter Eleven is giving me hell. I'm having to change up the interactions between two characters to go from being absolute assholes to each other to being pseudo-friendly. Both of them are hard-headed and blunt to a fault, but the more I work with them, the more I see them as being frenemies. So a scene where they butt heads is getting cut (which I'm sad about because I really enjoyed writing it) and I'm having to start over with it.

This is also where I'm shifting the characterization of my Primary Villain to be more than a cardboard cutout of a Bad Guy and give them more purpose and more screen-time.

To be honest, editing is probably my least favorite process. It makes the book stronger, and I acknowledge that, but the overall process is just so much more draining that writing the damn thing in the first place.

That said, I'm using this post to avoid editing Ch. 11 and I should really get back to it. (Sigh.)

So how do my dear (few) readers keep themselves motivated to edit? Comment below with your favorite methods!

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