I don’t know about other writers, but I spend more of my time working on revisions than I do actually writing the story. The story itself never seems to take that long to write, it’s the constant changes afterwards that take up so much time. First draft– write the story. Second draft– strengthen descriptions of the scenery and movement of the characters around the dialogue. Third draft– “Go Deep.” My editor for Eternal Embrace told me that so many times I still hear it in my sleep. LOL That was her way of letting me know the reader would want more… What was the character thinking when he said that? Why was he thinking that? What had brought him to that point? It’s valuable advice, and I use it faithfully now. Fourth–, fifth–, ad nauseum… do it till it’s as good as it can get.
Last week or so I realized that I better get to work on my third installment of The Kindred series. My final beta reader gave it a thorough going over, and I have a lot of work to do. August is literally around the corner, and I have (hopeful) plans to get this to my editor around October or November. In order to even think about that, the WIP needs to be ready. I’m about halfway done, and if my Word program cooperates I should have it where I want it in the next two weeks.
My novella, Save the Last Dance is ready for editing. Patiently sitting on the shelf waiting its turn… which is actually before the one I’m working on.
Once I get those two published, it’s back to work on the other three WIP on the shelf. I wonder if I’ll ever get caught up… probably not. LOL
Till next week,