So I have been reading and reviewing the first couple chapters of my novel What Lies Between in preparation for its release on August 1st. And honestly, it has been a blast. By editing my work, I am getting to know my characters and settings so well, and I am breezing through.
It has been super rewarding to look back at how much I have grown in the last few months since I have started writing this book and honestly, it makes me feel so motivated to finish the novel.
I know people laugh and say that when they are editing they’d rather be writing, and when they are writing they’d rather be editing. And while novelling is a double-edged sword in that way, editing has become a bit addicting for me.
By editing my work, I am getting my creative juices flowing and I am getting so inspired by the ideas that I have stored away in the dark corners of my word documents. And while I have totally fallen behind on the Camp NaNoWriMo thing, I have been consoling myself with the knowledge that my writing is getting stronger as I go through my first official round of edits.
And while I am doing this, I can’t help but think of how far I have come since last November. When I first started writing for this book during NaNoWriMo last year, the book was about totally different characters. And as my brother likes to remind me, they became the sun and exploded into flames. However, you’ll be happy to hear that the plot has made some adjustments since then.
In addition to the evolution of my plot, my organization has improved drastically. To crank out over 1,667 words per day I had to reach for inspiration wherever it found me. Which did not mean under any circumstances that I would be able to write chronologically. So by December, I was stuck with over thirty documents of writing throw up that needed to be organized and while I knew what my prologue was going to be right from the get-go, chapter one was still elusive to me.
It took months of rereading my material (yuck!) and sifting through the wealth of information I had accumulated on my world in order to figure it all out.
So my advice to you all is to stop, breathe, and simply read your draft. It may be ugly, it will definitely make you cringe, but you are your first and harshest critic. Keep pushing, never stop.