Just a blog post with no tags to Timestamp this stage of my writing.
I finished the entire story on May 30th 2016. Last chapter, last word, done.
The book is not complete however, and I have spent the last couple months procrastinating. Kinda. I went back to the beginning, and have been going through, chapter by chapter, editing and proofreading. There are a lot of mistakes littered throughout it. For instance.. I somehow got Its and It’s mixed up.. I’m not sure how, or why. But for all 200 pages, I was using the wrong form of the word Its/It’s .. Along with grammatical errors, and little sentence structure changes I’m making, the book also has some content that needs changing. Nothing big, just simple things to clarify or elaborate on. The wasps for example: I had a friend read it and she said it took her a while to understand what they were exactly. I asked if it was an Intrigue kind of confusion like a lot of the book has, and she said it was not. The writing was just too vague. (my grandmother had said the exact same thing) So I’ve fixed that part. Hopefully certain parts like that are a little more clear. Also since the book was written over a two year period, there are parts that are a little out of sync from beginning to end. I’m just sorta fine tuning everything.
I’m writing this blog post, having edited all of chapter 7 yesterday. I am at the library about to start in on chapter 8. Editing is much easier (or at least faster) than writing. I don’t really have to come up with anything new. I’m not straining to come up with the next line, the next image, the next plot line. Its all there, I just have to tweak it.
That being said.. It’s so boring! Like, I enjoy it.. but it’s really hard to get myself out to work on it. When I was creating fresh content, I would have a thought on my mind, and I would be eager to just dive in and write (not always, but often) .. But Editing, it just feels like reading. I’m slow at reading, and I don’t enjoy reading.. Ironic, yes. I hate reading. Can’t remember the last book I finished. Can’t remember the last book I read more than two chapters of. It was probably in high school, though even then.. that was mostly spark notes [an online book summary website that may or may not still exist.. idk. lol]
My editing process is a little boring through.. I just slowly, meticulously, read through my book like: “ok, yup, good, good, tiny mistake, good.. hmm, meh.. (spend 10 minutes rewriting the same sentence a dozen times to make it sound exactly like it does through the painting, scripted on my mind) .. better, i think.. good, good, good, tiny mistake, good, Ok.. one paragraph done. (look at the clock) It’s been 30 minutes.. (get distracted by facebook or my phone).. crap.. Next!.. ” And so on..
I told myself last christmas, that I would finish my book by my next birthday, which is coming up this October in like two months. When I gave myself that ultimatum, I was somewhere around chapter 11/12 and I did not think I would get even close.. but I had to try. I finished it by May, with five months to spare. I was impressed with myself. Now I wanna see if I can get it Edited and Perfect by my birthday, which was not apart of the original Goal i set. The original goal was just: Get the Story written. Period. Now it’s written, and I’m thinking.. I could publish this book (or at least have it ready to publish) by my 23rd birthday.
Ok, now I’m just here stalling because I don’t wanna edit.
Someday I’ll come back here and laugh at myself.
I’m gonna end this blog post here.