(This is a picture of my work space. It is my kitchen counter. I write here or at a local coffee shop. Glamorous, isn’t it?)
My writing on my YA mystery has come to a screeching halt.
I had planned on cranking it out and having the first draft done by no later than June 1. I was then going to let it simmer for about six weeks and then revise like mad and get it to my agent September 1st. Not sure that is realist anymore because my plans have changed and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
I got an email from my editor last night! She has the edits ready for my second book in the Gabriella Giovanni series, Blessed are the Meek. And she loved it.
I’m on cloud 9, but also ready to dig in and work my butt off to make this second book shine.
I love my kids but I couldn’t wait for them to go to school today so I could settle in and read my EDIT LETTER for Blessed are the Meek.
It is sort of like when you eat your dinner and save best for last. That’s what I did this morning. I went through my morning routine, posting two blog posts (My Fully Exposed – Day One) and another one at Mysteristas, a mystery blog I’m part of.
But the entire time, I kept thinking I CAN’T WAIT to read my editor’s letter! Like holding off on opening a super cool and big Christmas present until it is the last one sitting there among the shredded bundles of wrapping paper!
Am going through the line edits first – those are the easiest ones to tackle. In addition, doing these gets me back into the story. I haven’t looked at it for at least a month.
The other edits are more big picture ones that I want the boys in the basement (Thanks Stephen King) to work on for awhile before I tackle them. This type of work (revision) means I tend to check social media a bit more (do line edits for 45 minutes, check Facebook and email for 5 minutes. Repeat.)
My editor is brilliant. I’m not exaggerating. She has to be one of the best in the biz for sure and I’m counting my lucky stars she’s in my corner, making me look good!
Okay, back to edits, will check in later.
Worked on line edits until lunch. Then ate and went for a walk. How was my walk? A major FAIL. I probably managed to walk half a mile before I crawled back home whimpering from the cold. This is total B.S. Where is spring? Where are the 60 degree temperatures we saw the past two days?
The only reason I even attempted a walk because it is part of my daily goals for this project. Well, today, I failed. Moving on.
I spent the rest of the afternoon, not on marketing stuff like I usually do but working on the easy line edits from my editor.
There are really two levels of line edits. One’s you fix right then on this first read though and ones you fix on the second read through. I highlight the second read through edits and copy them into a file I’m going to print out.
The edit letter will be the last thing I tackle. Those are big picture things that take some thought and can be kind of tough, but always, always worth doing. Those are the types of things that take your manuscript to the next level and if you are as lucky as I am, you have an amazing editor who makes this happen and explains what to do in very clear terms.
So my goal until 3:30 was to work on line edits. Tomorrow I will slow down and use the afternoon for some articles and brainstorming ideas I’ve promised others, including my publicist. But today, I’m riding the momentum of having this edited manuscript and edit letter in my hands.
Besides my short walk, I’ve been glued to this bar stool (in the picture above) for about five hours today. Laundry remains unfolded in a pile. The sink — well that’s a disaster that I’ll deal with tonight. Errands for today were postponed until tomorrow. But it’s been worth it. I’ve done the first round of line edits. Now I can breathe at little and am totally immersed back into this novel and the revision process.
Goals and Progress
This goal MUST be changed to editing/revisions and my new goal is to put at least five hours a day into doing this. (Result: Made goal today.) My editor gave me a May 1 deadline to revise. If I get done early, I’ll be back to my 1,000 words Butt in Chair daily goal. If you read Brad Parks article on this, you’ll remember he says that with this plan (1,000 words a day) writers should be able to have their first draft written in three months. Stephen King says the same thing — three months. I think he says, a season to write a book.
1 mile. (Fail. Walked .5 miles.)