The slog

I have 24 days to meet my own self-imposed deadline on editing the sequel and getting it back to my editor.

I’m through Acts I and II.  This weekend, I hope to power my way to the finale.

The next thing after that is to do a hardcopy and shoot through it quickly, looking for time, day and date references and make sure there hasn’t been a seismic shift in chronology. It happens when you’re in the editing process. You can lose a couple of hours or a day, depending on what you’ve added to removed from the storyline. You have to love temporal mechanics.

After the times and dates have been fixed, then it’s a slow, methodical read-through. Oddly enough, you try not to focus on the story so much as the words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters and acts. Is this explained well? Is this clear? Is this original? Can this be told either simpler or with expanded detail?

Does this passage make the reader want to keep reading?

It’s a slog.

Wish me luck.


About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on December 2, 2010, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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