My WIP is slowly coming together.
I’ve officially finished the first round of edits for False Awakening, my current WIP. A beta reader will soon start working on it and cover art has already been taken care of. It certainly feels like momentum is building and I’m on track to meet (or perhaps, dare I say it, even exceed) the general October deadline I’ve had in mind for some time. I am well aware however that there is still work to be done and celebrations will have to wait for now; anything can happen in the realms of editing and publishing.
Watching this manuscript slowly but surely become a book is hugely exciting and I can’t wait to have another story out there in the world for people to read and hopefully enjoy.
What are you currently working on? Are you happy with your progress?
Editing can be tough work
The word ‘editing’ is normally enough to strike fear into the heart of many a writer, no matter how experienced they may be. A first draft is all about pouring the actual story out of you, while further edits infamously involve pulling said story to pieces and building it back into something coherent and readable.
I recently made the shift from writing to editing my current WIP and to my own surprise, have found things to be going a lot more smoothly than expected.
I’m well aware that there is still a lot of work to be done and even more aware that this post alone will likely be enough to jinx what good fortune I’ve been having thus far, but the excitement of seeing this book form before my eyes has been far outweighing the normal stress and anguish of editing and felt this rarity deserved to at least be documented.
Do you ever enjoy editing? Are you editing any manuscripts at the moment?
Editing – A writer’s biggest foe
Any writer will likely tell you that the editing process can be both intimidating and time consuming. So often the excitement of officially finishing a manuscript is at once diluted by the realisation that this means we must embark on the painstaking task of revising our work to try and iron out any errors and polish the quality of the content. To put it bluntly, it simply isn’t much fun; completely contrasting with the immersive delight that comes with actually writing.
With several projects I’ve worked on in the past, most notably the first book I released, The Vessel, I got into the habit of editing as I went. Of course there were still major revisions and repeated tweaks to be made once the initial draft was complete but my routine generally consisted of a solid block of writing, followed immediately – or sometimes the next day – by reading over what I had just written and fixing any glaring mistakes such as typos and repeated words. It may have only made a small dent in the overall workload but I liked the idea that I was at least lessening the burden, making it somewhat less daunting when the time came to delve fully into editing.
With my current work in progress however, I have abandoned my usual habit and opted instead to focus solely on my first draft as a means to get the story out of my head, leaving the entirety of the editing to later in the process. I must say I am enjoying the feeling of progression and continuity this has allowed but know I may doubt my decision a little when I have to start looking back over what I have produced.
Do you prefer to edit as you write, or do you leave it all until after your first draft is finished?