…rewriting is rewriting is rewriting.
I have no idea who first said that, although I probably should know. That’s a familiar cycle, though, that I’ve been stuck in for the last year or so on “Fighter One”. It’s all for a good cause, of course, as it’s making the story better and better (and better). But it doesn’t make the actual work any easier.
Let me back up. Over the summer, I spent a significant amount of time reorganizing the novel, making it more streamlined, more believable, and generally less shitty. It was good work, and I was pleased with it. I finished the actual edits just before the end of the year, and it sat in a digital drawer, until the beginning of February, when I re-read it.
That was an adventure all on it’s own. For the most part, I actually enjoyed reading the story, and had honestly forgotten parts of it. Of course, there were parts that I absolutely loved, and some that I loathed. Most of it was solid, plot wise, but not as strong as I might have liked and there was a definite mushy middle. But I did manage to “close” the book with the smug sense of satisfaction that I only get after finishing a really good read. Admittedly, part of that might have been because this particular read was drafted by yours truly, but nonetheless, I thought there was some potential to the novel.
There’s also a lot of truly boring parts. And that’s what I’m trying to fix right now: the incredibly boring parts, especially the mushy middle that needs to be propped up with a tent pole.
I have a deadline of the end of the month, so that my fabulous beta reader (also known as my almost-husband) can read it over our vacation. That’s put me under the gun to fix quite a few things in the next two weeks, and the final result definitely won’t be polished, but I hope it’ll be ready for his plot-related review. I got 8 chapters edited this weekend (out of 29 total), and some of them definitely needed a lot of work. I’m confident that, outside of the middle, the rest of the book won’t need quite so much effort, so I might even make my end of the month goal.
I wouldn’t be a project manager if I didn’t tell you that I had it all plotted out on a calendar on my wall and I’m crossing each chapter off on a list as I complete them. So I will tell you that. Only under duress of course.
And now, I have a few other things to do before I retire, and tomorrow I have work and then a birthday party, so I think I’ll be off! Until next week!