Wow. When was the last time I actually wrote something that wasn’t an interview, guest post, part of a tour or blog hop? I’m not sure. Sorry about that guys!
Today, I want to talk about editing. Simply because I am sick of looking at my own novel, so I’m procrastinating. I’m actually pretty good at that.
When is a novel finished though? How can you tell when your book is done with the editing process and ready to be thrown out into the world?
I am doing something fun for Read Me Dead’s 1st birthday, so I’m re-reading a few things, re-writing a few chapters, etc. And as I read back through it, I see so much that I want to change, but is it worth it? Is it worth going back to change it now?
Probably not. See, I thought I was finished a year ago when I released my second baby, but I’ve grown as an author in just one year. I’ve learned some new editing tricks. I’ve learned new writing tips. I’ve grown. So, should I re-write RMD? Probably. Will I? Probably not.
Why not you ask? Well, look back on most authors first books compared to what they are now? They aren’t as good. With each book we write, we get better. We learn. Life is one big learning experience, and we have to treat writing as such.
So, is a piece of work ever really finished? Maybe not in it’s entirety, but you do have to know when to finally stop editing your book.
Knight’s Academy is rapidly approaching the finish line. It just went through an editor (after three rounds of beta readers), and now I’m re-reading it. I’ll send it back to her for the final proofing, read through it again, and then I’ll be finished. I’ve decided that I’ve read it enough. I’ve done everything I can for it, and it’s time to let go.
Plus, I’m sick of it! I’m tired of reading it, and I want to move on to book two and my romantic suspense. I want to write again and not edit. 😉