Simply amazing! Appears I’m on schedule. As I mentioned last month, the next step in the process involved reading my rough draft to make sure no holes existed in the narrative. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t do it. A simple read. Please! I’m too anal.
So I got side tracked. I would read a sentence and realize I used a passive verb. I could have circled it, but no, I had to change it. Not really my fault. The new verb just popped into my head. Not a bad excuse, I must admit. Simply cross it out and correct it.
Then I realized I had shifted points of view in the middle of a chapter. No problem. I edited it on the spot. As I read, I found more and more issues to correct. With the pen wriggling in my fingers, it would stop more times than imagined and extrude additional black lines and squiggles across the pages. Some pages remained fairly clean while others appeared as if something randomly dragged a black substance over its surface.
With all this activity, you may have assumed I got off track, but low and behold, I didn’t. I finished the reading of my 290 pages when I planned, at the end of January, of course. Now I get to take this hubris into the next month. The goal: rewrite the draft and submit it to my editor by the end of February. Are you feeling the tension yet? Can’t wait until the next blog entry? Personally, I’m hoping for the best!