Mundane Tales from the Edit Cave

It’s not really a cave. It’s my bedroom, but it has a desk in it now. If I leave the lights off and the window open, it’s dark and cool, which pretty much makes it a cave as far as I’m concerned. A few bats might make for a more authentic vibe, but I had enough of indoor bats while visiting my family this summer.

I’m still editing my WIP fantasy novel, which I discussed in a previous post. To be clear, I’m editing again. I’ve finished the revisions which my alpha reader prompted, and I’m going back through and doing something more like a run of actual line edits. I’m rearranging phrases, replacing complex words with simpler ones, and shortening sentences where appropriate. I tend to write in a fairly formal manner, so this is an important step for me. What’s more, even after an edit or two, I still catch the occasional typo or missing word. Each time, I fix it and move on, swallowing my embarrassment and reminding myself that only my alpha-reader is witness to that particular shame.

Predictably, I’m at a point where I’m ambivalent about the project itself. As fantasy novels go, it may still be a bit short at approximately 89,000 words, but I’m not sure if that’s a problem. I don’t think it’s particularly “epic” fantasy, so the relative brevity may be appropriate. I don’t know how to feel about the writing quality or plotting, but I wrote enough papers in college to know that that kind of thing happens during editing. I’m keeping my proverbial, cliched nose to the grindstone and doing my best to ignore the urge to quit. Once I finish this draft, my alpha reader will take another pass at it. Hopefully, the updated text will be enough of a change that he won’t be too bored re-reading it.

The next step will depend on his feedback. At some point, I’ll need beta readers, which may mean I have to put shoes on, go outside, and make some friends. I’ve told myself I can’t stoop to Googling phrases like “Google, will you read my novel?” Not again, anyway.

I’d like to do more writing, but editing is a time-consuming process, and I have other constraints on my time. Once this draft is finished, I’ll be working on other things, which will probably include more of Chuck Wendig’s prompts and outlining for another project.

Well, that’s my status update, and I’m sure it makes a fascinating read. Here are some things I’ve been reading lately, which are guaranteed to be more interesting than this post.

Recently Finished Reading:
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Don’t Look Now by Michelle Gagnon

Currently Reading:
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley