Over the past month or so, I’ve been revising a MG book. I’m now doing a read through on Kindle to tie up the loose threads that have probably escaped me until now.
Yeah, they do.
You know when your characters have minor injuries that you forget about or they need something and you forget to give it to them? I also need to verify a couple of things to do with our local justice system. That’s the kind of stuff I’m working on, which is why editing takes forever and a day.
I realized a long time ago that I can’t do everything in a few passes, so I focus on one or two things during each edit. The last round had to do with repeated words and phrases, use of too many pronouns and weeding out extra words.With each round completed, I know I’m one step closer to the finish line. That’s when I’ve tempted to put jet fuel in my tank to speed up the process, but haste makes waste.
I’m way behind on a book that should have been finished by now that only one chapter written, but such is life. I think I’m finally learning how to slow down. Like I tell myself so often, I’m not going to get more done in a day than is ordained for me to achieve.
On another note, have you noticed how book sales tank when we’re not promoting? More on that next time.