It’s been a while since my last post, but that’s just because I’ve been so busy editing my book that I’ve barely come up for air.
But I have good news! I’m *almost* done with edits. Yep, still not done, but I’m in the final stretch. It’s funny, I used to think of revisions as a minor thing, with a few words added in, maybe some deleted scenes or rearranged sentences. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Yeah, I was totally wrong. Maybe that was how I edited past books, but now I can see that my attitude about editing was probably why those books have languished on my computer.
I’ve added over 20,000 words during this revision (this is an old screenshot, it’s longer now). Twenty thousand words! That’s like adding an additional 1/3 to the book. I’ve rearranged chapters, killed off characters (literally) and added subplots. I’ve dug into character motivations and gotten more in touch with their emotions, which I hope comes across in this draft. I’ve completely rewritten the beginning about four times. I’ve deleted as many chapters as I’ve added.
If you know me, you know I dislike revisions, but I’ve got to say, it’s been a super rewarding process. Seeing how it’s coming together makes me proud of my work and how far this book has come. I’ve been revising in Scrivener, and that has made everything infinitely more enjoyable. I know it’s stupid, but I love seeing my little target chart hit its word count goals, and the multiple colored comments and colored revision features make my OCD heart happy.
They might be little things, but it works for me, mostly because I can *see* my progress. Before, I was editing the way I thought I was supposed to – sweat and tears and a lot of pounding on computer keys with the Word document open before me. But with Word, once you make a change, it looks exactly the same as everything else, so it’s almost as if it never happened. It’s easy to feel discouraged by the lack of progress.
I can take breaks and know that I’m still making progress because Scrivener helps me organize my to-do list. I’m an organized person, so Scrivener has helped me take the chaos and overwhelmingness (is that a word?) out of editing and helped me control it in my own way. Now that I know what it’s like to work with Scrivener, I am never looking back.
Just a few more edits and then I’ll be done. But I’m not dreading revisions nearly as much as I used to.