Editing. Even though I write romance novels, you totally knew I was going to say editing.
I spent half of September, and all of October, November, and December editing. Not just normal editing, but the process of turning first drafts into second. It’s been productive as I have turned three different first draft romance novels into second drafts, which tends to be the hardest revision for me.
Some authors a pretty awesome first draft. That would not be me.
I also did a late draft edit on Knight of Valor. This took about ten days because I’ve been polishing it for a while now.
You can always check out my WIP page if you want to see what I’m working on. One of my goals for 2017 is to actually press the publish button on Crowned Prince. Working on finding a good romance cover artist with space for a first-time author now, and I want to do one last edit of it as well. I also need to learn how to format an e-book and use Createspace to make a paperback of it.
Lots of learning ahead!
Rewriting, as hard and messy and unpleasant as it can be, has a certain joy of its own. You get to watch your half formed lump of clay look a little more like David and a little less like that play-doh project your toddler made.
I know lots of people think you plunk down your first draft, then you work through a revision or two as you fine-tune spelling and punctuation. While that might have worked for my college term papers, I can’t think of a single college term paper I’d have spent precious free-time reading.
I have to confess, I am a bit tired of revising. While I am working through three different stories, I may need to take a break and write yet another first draft I will have to revise later. Still, it’s nice to have a pipeline of stuff to work on, even if it’s not always as exciting as writing new stuff.
They say writing is rewriting, and I have found it to be true.
Have you found that to be true? Any tricks you use in your rewriting or editing process?