I don't remember feeling this busy since I was participating in NaNoWriMo and I attempted to write an entire novel in one month. Was it hard? Yes! But it was so worth it.
My book is done.... well, at least the thought process anyway. The story is down. The editing phase has just begun.
|The editing phase is making me crazy!!!|
However, when it is your work... it is so much harder.
I am close to this story. The story is inside me. I know all the characters right down to the color they painted their toenails (even if that was a detail I didn't reveal!).
However, what important details have I left out? I question the timing. I question some of the characters actions? Does it make sense? Would a person act this way in real life?
Now I have caught a few errors... some that are obvious and a few that are easily missed.
The fact that I keep mixing up coach and couch makes me laugh.
How I mixed up the characters names at random times gives me a headache.
But mostly, this is just exhausting work!
And then I wonder... will I ever think it is good enough? Is this author cold feet setting in?
It isn't that I don't want people to read it, but it scares the crap out of me. What if people don't like it? What if there are spots that are too graphic (you know - the steamy sex scenes that I really wasn't comfortable writing but was necessary for the book!) What if the timing doesn't make sense? What if people don't like my characters?
Either way, I am pushing through. I have a goal. I want to have the book Mother's Day out to beta readers by March 1st. I have another 10 chapters to edit and about a week to do it in.
If I made it through NaNoWriMo I should be able to make it through this!