WIP-it Wednesday: February 22nd, 2017

power_gloveTime for a new weekly writer’s roundup of my works-in-progress and those ready to read!

Over the weekend, I finished editing the final five chapters and the remaining 30% of Vivian’s Last Cigarette. Now the entire book has reached a second draft state!

I’ve also received notes from my second reader on chapters one through six. More should arrive before the weekend, and my plan is to begin working on the novel’s third draft before Saturday. If the stars align properly, the first act may be done by this time next week.

A lot of authors hate the editing and revising process. Although it’d be lying for me to say I’m not impatient to have a book to share, the editing process and I are actually on good terms. I like weeding out spelling errors and clunky wording. And although it stings to hear that a stretch of writing you thought was pretty good isn’t working so well for others, going in and changing it so that the same reader says the rewrite is great is a wonderful feeling. As reads and new edits stack atop one another, it becomes a process of improvement to me.

I honestly don’t know if my enjoyment of editing is a matter of my attitude about it, or if it owes a lot my method of self-editing as I go. That self-editing makes me a slow writer, but the first drafts I hand to others are usually fundamentally solid by the time I do that as a result. Other writers might pound out five thousand words a day or more… a feat that amazes me… But I’ve also noted that nearly universally authors that do that have nightmarish editing periods. I suspect that working so quickly, and without looking back, creates prose littered with holes and dross.

But to each their own. However you write, write in a way that works for you!

I’m happy with the second draft. So happy, in fact, that here’s an in-progress snippet from the novel’s newly revised chapter six!

(Warning: NSFW language!)

viv_snip_revised_22feb17_pngThat’s all I’ve got for you this week. However, if you’d like to read a full piece of my writing, my short-story Ounta is available for all to read on Aethereal Engines!

Alright, time for me to stop blogging and get back to writing editing some more fiction! Take care!

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