I've decided to post this IWSG separately to my A to Z post which I'll put up approximately 12 hours from now. This month, I'm still going with my SQUEAKY edits, and they're going very slowly. Editing each chapter until I'm 95% happy with it is proving extremely time consuming (obviously?).
I made this chart of all my novels, because I'm like that:
|Trisha's novel chart, colour-coded and all. :)|
It maps out progress I've made over the years with each of my novels. There are columns for rough draft, second draft, etc., and with the editing I'm doing right now, I feel like I'm actually getting toward the fifth draft territory even though this is really only one single editing "round". Sometimes I've edited a chapter and reprinted it for more editing 4 times before being happy with it. But I will count this as one round of editing.
Anyway, I guess I should get to the "insecure" part of this post. With all this intense editing, I'm experiencing many moments where I think, "What's the point?" This mostly occurs when I'm staring down at a page that is so scribbled over with edits I can barely see the original printed words. But I do keep going. Even if I sometimes take a night off and pick it up the next night, I keep going.
I'd love to have SQUEAKY edited by April's end, because I want to edit SMALL TOWN by mid-year. But I don't know if that's going to happen. All I can do is strive towards it, I guess. :)
I hope you are all feeling very secure indeed this month!