Do you edit as you go along?
Do you leave all your editing until the end?
Do you have to have a clean, perfect three first chapters before you begin the rest of your manuscript?
Does everything have to be completely plotted or do you go with wherever your characters are telling you to go?
As I’ve fallen back into writing on a daily basis, my writing process has changed. I’m writing scenes as they come to me and now I’m trying to connect everything. I’ve found the problem with this is that I’m deleting a lot of good scenes from my book because they don’t fit now that I’m piecing it all together. Yes, I do have another document open for all the deleted scenes, but it’s still painful. Though, not as painful as it would be to force them into where they don’t belong.
The planner side of me is also not liking all these unedited parts of my manuscript floating around. So now I’m editing and editing, layering and layering. And hopefully will finish soon. My DH can’t seem to understand what is taking me so long with this manuscript compared to the other ones I’ve written. I’m not really sure either. I’m only hoping that I’m making my characters as real as possible.
All right, so I’m off to edit, without kids around at my favourite restaurant 🙂
And I have to get it ALL done. Tomorrow night we have friends coming over for dinner so that means cleaning up the house (giant disaster-and I heard the cat throwing up again this morning and haven’t been able to find it yet). So that means tomorrow there is no time for writing. But I am looking forward to catching up with some fun, inspiring friends we haven’t seen in a while.
Have a great weekend everyone.