Sunday, October 31, 2010

Editing - Novel 2

Another 20 pages in about half an hour tonight. Pace for this part seems to be 40 pgs/hour, roughly. Some pages have no edits to enter, while others take quite a while with dozens of changes marked down.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Editing - Novel 2

Got through another 40 pages tonight in a little under an hour. Excellent progress! I'm about halfway through. A few more sessions should get me where I need to be.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Editing - Novel 2

20 more pages worth of editing put into the computer.

I'm spotting a few more things as I go through, and disagreeing with some of my earlier comments, but all in all I'm getting a lot of good changes in place. I use commas too much! I end up with some sentences that are too long, and I've been chopping several into pieces which seems to make the paragraph as a whole flow a bit better.

The editing is keeping the length steady at about 96,000 words, which is around where I expect it will end up staying. I have some thoughts on places I could add more if I wanted, but I expect I won't do so unless the length drops significantly after C&C from friends. That might be the time that I chop out whole sections and do one last pass to try and tighten up the prose before sending it in with queries to agents.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Editing - Novel 2

Got from page 37 to 62 tonight in entering my editing changes into the computer. This should go much faster than the actual editing process. My biggest challenge right now is setting aside the time to sit at the computer and put things in. It takes a surprising amount of energy, but that's probably due to the way I did the edits initially - there's a lot of places where I simply marked a phrase or word as sub-optimal, and now I'm doing the mental work of figuring out just what would go better there.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Editing - Novel 2

Hooray! Just finished (finally!) the first round of editing comments as noted in the last post. Now I need to go through them all with the computer and put them into the soft copy. After that ... it's time to start sending it around.