My first week of editing the rough draft of the manuscript is over. Now I have a better grasp of what this stage is going to involve. My indecision during the rough draft while crafting the first few chapters is now costing me. I was forced to cut out around 12,000 words. In essence I will have to rewrite the first four chapters from scratch. My original estimate of 6-8 weeks for this editing phase wasn’t based on reality. After this week I estimate a time line of 8-12 weeks for this draft, meaning that I will have to finish editing/rewriting three chapters a week, which I see as doable once my inner perfectionist shuts up and hangs on for the ride. It still doesn’t have to be perfect at this point, just a darn good, solid storyline, ready for the first round of test reading.
There was no action in short story land, none at all. I’m hoping to hear back on my story submission to Soft Whispers this coming week, the top story gets an author interview on the site. Publicity is good, and this would be very good.
Here’s a run down on this week’s posts:
This next week will be more work on the manuscript, focusing on the rewrite of the first few chapters. If I get that finished before the end of the week I might play around with a new flash fiction to submit. I need to try a new market to add variety to my portfolio.