So I finished the first edit of Sanguine, and it turned out to be not quite as bad as I thought. At least, I don’t think it’s as bad as I thought.
(And for anyone who is keeping track, I did manage to finish the first edit before Christmas. Yay!)
Except it’s not quite done… I have to add a chapter in the middle. (Fortunately, I found a place where I could slide it in fairly seamlessly.)
Why add a chapter at this point? Well, because as I read through the first draft it occurred to me that a lot of things that happen near the end are not going to make sense to someone who’s not inside my head. (And as a friend of mine pointed out, the inside of my head is a scary place and probably no one wants to be there.)
I’m hoping to get the chapter finished so I can take it for another printing this weekend. The second read-through and edit probably won’t take as long as the first one did, so there’s a good chance my beta readers can get it by the first. (Hopefully none of them will be dealing with hangovers.*)
That is, of course, unless I end up making some major changes. (Yeah, I’m still waffling over the sex scenes.)
I think that the hardest part of writing is editing. Not so much finding grammatical errors (some of those are going to slip through no matter what you do) but checking for internal consistency, making sure that the same conversation isn’t in there twice, and deciding if scenes should stay or go.
And the hardest part of all of that is looking at it from outside my head to see if it’s going to make sense to a potential reader, to someone who doesn’t know everything that I know about the characters, the world, etc.
Oh, and settings: I really have to focus on describing settings more. That’s related to “not inside my head” issue, though – I can see the scene: I just forget to draw it for other people.
And this is why beta readers are important: I can find out how the story looks from the outside looking in.
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*Note to beta readers:
Jamie: you’re not allowed to drink that much.
Richard: you’re not allowed to drink at all.
Rowland: eh, never mind – you’re Di’s problem.