Editing Check In #2


I’ve been making steady progress in the editing department.  I was a little surprised at how much of it was sitting around thinking about my characters and my plot and not marking the document up with blood.  I suppose I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t bled for this thing.  Papercuts, man.  They are the killer you never suspect.

So far I’ve managed to figure out what makes my characters tick and rewrite the plot – including a detailed outline.  It sounds like a weekend in the park, but let me tell you, this is the product of an entire week of mental anguish.  And I’m not even ready to start rewriting yet.

I still have a few things on my to-do list before I can cut open a vein and dip my pen in.  This includes: making all my notes digital, rewriting back-story for a few characters, determining subplot and weaving that into the story, drawing out character arcs and finally, re-reading the first draft again to find any little gems I want to keep for later.

I feel like I’ve made good progress for a week, but I still have a long, hard road ahead of me.  The character arcs are what’s going to put me over the edge.  I’m sure of it.  Sometimes I think I’m crazy for wanting this so badly, but then I remember that I’m already crazy.  The way I figure, since I’m already two straws short of a haystack I may as well go all-in.

Otherwise life is quiet.  I can begin rewriting soon – and I’m more than a little excited about that.

Happy Wednesday – stay shiny!