Thursday, December 01, 2005

A lesson learned...

As I've mentioned before, I'm a compulsive editor. I read and re-read and edit my chapters, usually when I'm stuck on the current one.

Right before Thanksgiving, I started to get the feeling that my chapter breaks were off. I didn't -- couldn't -- write during the week (too much to be done), and this week my goal was to print out the whole shebang and read the hard copy in an effort to figure out the more... organic spots for chapter breaks.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do that, because upon reading the hard copy, I'm realizing how many things there are that don't work, how much needless exposition I have, and how much I dislike my phrasing in many places.

I didn't see any of this in the soft copy. None of it. I read it, edited it, had other people read and make suggestions on it, and... it's just amazing how many things I didn't catch when editing the electronic copy.

So, looks like another slew of revisions for me, AND renegotiating chapter breaks. That's okay, because I was having a lot of trouble writing the current chapter, I'm still pretty shocked at how much I disliked what I read in the hard copy.

New rule: Whenever I think I'm "done" with a chapter, I'm printing it out and doing a hard copy edit before moving on. Yeesh, I feel dumb.