August 14, 2011

The edit goes well

I've almost finished my latest edit of Xmas Carol. It sounds great, just the way I want it to. I can't even guess how many times I've edited the book now. I wonder if I'll soon be able to recite it by memory, the way the people in "Farenheit 451" could recite their assigned books. It's been a long haul.

This time through, I still found plot errors such as characters knowing things before they logically could. It flat-out amazes me that I didn't pick these things up in prior passes through the book. But I didn't, and that's a fact. It seems that when you clear away the chaff, you see things that had been hidden by all the weeds. In any case, I fixed the problems. I'm halfway through chapter 11 (of 12), so I'm almost there.

After that, one more time through the book will do it. On the next pass, I plan to cut every word that doesn't further the plot. What's left will be the final book. Xmas Carol is coming. Hang on.

2 comments:

Artichoke Annie said...

This is going to be like a whole new story..... can't wait to read it again.

Why does it always seem like it takes forever for "Xmas" to arrive? lol

writenow said...

That's funny (taking forever). But you know how it ends up. Suddenly Xmas is here. Same way with this book. I'd like to get it out before Xmas, speak of the devil. We'll see.