Moving On

I have been struggling through this rewrite for about a week and it’s painful. I have written, deleted and written again but I am still not 100% happy with it.

I’ve been staring at it for about an hour, thinking how to change or improve it, or whether to delete it and start over again, but I think I just need to push on.

I might come back to it later, before I send it for edit again, but maybe wait to get some feedback on it. I feel that if I keep staring at it I will send myself crazy.

I’m sure my subconscious will keep thinking it over in the background and let me know when it has fixed the problem. Probably late at night, just as I’m about to fall asleep.





Editing Blues

This second round of editing has been a very different experience from the first. The first round of editing had lots of points to fix and a large amount of content that needed expanding.

This time around I have been blitzing through chapters because only small tweaks have been required. It’s a good feeling to know that all that time spent during the first edit has resulted in a better story.

But now with only 10 pages left to go I have hit the section that will require the biggest re-write. One of my editors did not like this section last time either. I did try to alter it to make it work, but alas, she still hates it.

Yes, hates it. She has very strong opinions when it comes to books and sometimes she makes me die a little inside. (I think it is revenge for having to put up with being friends with me all these years.)

So after much reflection we came up with a plan to change this part. I only hope she likes it this time.

I find re-writes like this very draining. I have to work the new content around the existing story and sometimes I have to lose parts I really liked because then don’t fit right anymore.

Oh well. Wish me luck and keep the coffee flowing.



Forgetting the Details

I am so very thankful to my friends and family who helped edit Coffee, Cats and Murder. They have provided me with so much support and constructive feedback and have played a large part in helping to make this story what it has become.

But just as important, is how they manage to pick up on the small mistakes and inconsistency, like changing eye colour or disappearing ropes.

Thank you for finding the mistakes of this forgetful mind.

Losing Brain Function