Editing, Covered in Editing, With a Side of Editing

Sunday night I finished editing the 44th page of my weekend goal. I didn’t do double or a hundred like I hoped, but I got my planned goal taken care of and I was satisfied.

I have 113 of my 308 pages completed, with a month and a half left to get the rest done. At 44 pages a weekend and 10 on a day during the week, that will take about three and a half weeks, ending in July, with two weeks for a final run through. Honestly, I want more time to do a final line by line spelling/grammar check, as well as formatting for publication. I know I’m underestimating that by tenfold and will need every ounce of time I can muster up to complete it.

(I just used tenfold and muster in the same sentence. Remind me to discuss Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon and how I tend to absorb the language of books I’m reading.)

But I’m not postponing that date (August 12th!!). Not for this. Something may come up but unless it’s something serious (car wreck, Rapture, Cthulu) I’m sticking to this date. So, I intend on increasing my pace. With the wife and son gone this week and a four day weekend, editing will be the goal.  A lot of editing.

My goal: 195 pages.

In case no one did the math, that’s the rest of the story. It’s lofty, but attainable. I’ll have one after work night without family (easily 15 pages), Wednesday night as late as I want ( 30 pages) all day Thursday and that night (honestly, don’t know, maybe 50-70 pages???) part of Friday, and the rest of the weekend (44 pages as stated, but I think that is low considering I won’t work Friday). That doesn’t add up to what I want, but I think it’s a low ball figure anyway, and I am pushing myself as hard as possible.

At this point, I am tired of editing already. I’ve read about authors getting to the end of the book and hating it, absolutely sick to death of it. That’s a good assessment of where I am. It’s not the first time either, I was tired of it when I was polishing it for my beta readers. It’s just surprising, reading through it after almost a year and seeing the rough edges. I’m happy to report, the last couple of chapters (after the aforementioned BAD chapters) are pretty good and I was really happy with them.

All that is left is to see it through.

Writing Progress 6/18

I did much better last night than the weekend.

  • 16 pages edited (plan calls for ten on Monday), so pretty happy there.
  • 1,002 words added to second novel.

I’m not keeping up with how many words I’m writing in Sorcerer Rising for two reasons.

First, it’s done. I’m not here to add things, if anything I am cutting out words. Theoretically, I could keep up with what is added, but it would be more trouble than it’s worth.

Second, it doesn’t count. This is reworking. If I started counting the words I had deleted, rewrote, added, deleted, added again, I would be the most prolific person in the world who’d ever written only one novel. 

Weekend Report

Friday, I posted my goals for the weekend. Today I am posting a report on how well those goals were accomplished.

Unfortunately, it would be better to say this is a report on how well they were avoided.

It was a miserable failure and I have no choice but to own up to it, however much I would like to think up an excuse.

So what did I accomplish?

No writing for one. That’s right, not a single word. I feel the worst about that. I allowed other things to get in the way, but really I just didn’t feel like writing. That is a fatal error. I allowed that type of thinking  for far too long, to the point that it took me four years to write my first novel.

Tonight, I am going to write. I am looking for around a thousand words.

did do my plan. I have a publication date in mind, the date I want my first draft for the second novel, a date for the publication of that novel, a date to begin the third project, as well as allocating word goals and writing times for the rest of the year. Very preliminary stuff, the only thing I have set in stone is the publication date. I will make a post about that later today.

I also began editing the first novel. I’m trying to read it out loud to myself to get the language and dialogue right, as well as work on last minute details and continuity. It’s taking longer than I anticipated. Saturday I spent two and a half hours and only got to chapter 2 (about 12, 1.5 spaced pages). That was…unsettling.

The point of all this is, I got very little done. Most of what I listed was side stuff. It was beneficial, but did little in moving me forward. It served as a refresher in a lesson I should have learned long ago.

have to write everyday, if only a little bit. The moment I stop that, it becomes exponentially easier to let it slide.

Time to pick up the pen again, figuratively speaking.