Phew. I have finally finished the big line-by-line edit for my next novel, The Dark Road. It’s been a long old slog, but I am pretty happy with the result. Though I know it will still get bounced back to me with changes that need to be made, I know the bulk of it is looking good.
That is the thing with editing. By the third, or even fourth, run through I would happily tear my own eyes out rather than look at it again. I have read it so many times, I practically know the story off by heart . It is so, so difficult to stay focused on every single line, on every single word.
I love the first edit of a book; particularly if it is an older novel I haven’t picked up for a little while. It’s great fun rediscovering old characters and scenes I have actually forgotten I had written. It also feels good to see how far my writing has come. Mistakes I have made jump out from the page now. Sometime I read something I wrote a few years ago and I actually cringe that I sent it out! Of course, I know that my writing is still far from perfect, and I am sure I still make numerous mistakes that I will look back on with the same cringe-worthy state, but it is wonderful knowing that I am learning all of the time. Especially when I get to work with some wonderful editors who are able to point out my bad habits!
So I am hoping to bring you all a preview of the new novel here very soon! And in the meantime I am at least able to get back to the thing I love best – actually writing!