'scuse me. That was only the sound of total relief, uttered by me last night as I finished a round of on-paper edits on my latest novel.
Seriously. I set it down and said, "Ahhhhh."
Because...it's been a long haul for this one.
I always edit on paper. It's important to edit on paper. Writers know this. You can see things on paper, laid out on pages, better than you can on a screen. I catch more on paper than I ever can on a screen.
But this time? It took a while.
I took my time. I read and re-read each page, crossing-out and rewriting with abandon. Seriously. My pages were covered in minute writing that I'll maybe one day be able to read (with a magnifying glass); arrows criss-crossed from top to bottom, margin to margin; X's covered full paragraphs and, in one startling move, three full pages.
I wasn't messing around.
And it took a forever!
So long, in fact, that I started to think it would never end. I got fed up, frustrated. I have other stories I want to work on, you see, and yet my own sense of self-discipline, however misdirected, won't let me move onto something new when I'm immersed in the old. So I kept at it, my hands covered in ink-blots and papercuts.
So when I reached the page that said "The end" last night, I wanted to throw a little party.
Tonight? Tonight I get to start manually adding all those changes into my manuscript. Should be tedious...and fun. I swear! I'm not just saying that to convince myself! (I'm totally just saying that to convince myself).
But when I finish that, I'll finally be able to hand this crazy book off to a handful of my most trusted readers. I can't wait to hear what they think!
In other writing news:
- It seems we're still on track for an October-ish release of my first novel. It's still tentatively titled HOW TO SURVIVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, but I'm still not in love with that title. Still, I love the book itself, and have some fun things coming down the pipeline for it. Like....a book trailer!! And an event!! At a Zombie Race here in Charleston!! Stay tuned for more info in the coming months!
- I do seem to get writer's block when heavily immersed in editing. I never turn on my computer. I don't write blog posts; I don't write for Pink Raygun. I barely even email! This phenomena should pass this week as I'll once again be at my computer for the majority of the time I'm working.
- I started my own little "idea bank" today, in which I briefly outlined three stories (one short, two novels) on which I want to work in the coming weeks and months. I'm not sure where I'll start, but once I finish getting these edits into the manuscript, I'll be generating new stuff! I can't wait!!! All are some mix of sci-fi and adventure stories - my favorite stuff to write. Yay!
- And finally!! I got a Kindle!!!! I'm so excited about this I could just squeeze you! Yep, I really could! This allows me to support in a more concrete fashion some of my indie-writing pals, who mostly publish in the e-book sphere. It also allows me access to downloadable review copies from one of my favorite publishers, so I can read great books and hopefully write more reviews! In short, this is going to be awesome!!
So there. Huzzah and cheers and happy Monday evening!!