Friday, I got snowed in. So, I read some, I edited some, I shoveled some, and I napped some.
Oh, right. By editing “some”, I mean I FINISHED!
I wish I were Done Done, but I think this has got one more round of edits before I start querying agents.
The cycle of feedback-edit-feedback-edit feels like it will never stop. But every time, I feel my story getting better, stronger, truer.
I can’t describe the feeling I get when I edit a word, a sentence, a page, and it’s transformed from a vague concept to being just right. I can liken it to a carver, creating the shape and the form, then honing the details; an oil painter, adding layers and depth, and sometimes painting over the old to create something truer. I read the fixed words, smile and sigh contentedly. Then, I turn my attention to the next page.
Remember last week when I posted my goals for this year? I need to update them.
My Writing Goals This Year:
Finish 3rd re-write by March Send to Beta Reader(s) as soon as re-write is finished.
- With feedback, finish next rewrite before July.
- After final rewrite, send to at least 3 publishers/agents
- Win NaNoWriMo (Write 50,000 words in November)
- Make a blog post at least twice a month = 2/jan!
While waiting on feedback, I think I’m going to catch up on my reading and work on recreating a gym habit. Plus, work on plotting out the sequel.
What can I say? A writer’s work is never done.
How else will I find out what happens next!