I've been neglecting you haven't I?
All this week there's been nothing but random promo and a rant against Mother Gothel that you probably had already read on Twitter. As it turns out, the last set of edits I did wasn't the actual Last Set Of Edits. Line edits arrived Monday night and the line editor found a major timeline flaw that I've been fixing.
It's 100% my fault.
Actually, it's been kind of interesting combing back over the pages. I can see the history of the manuscript. It's easy to think a book is just a book; one coherent story that was set in stone from page one. But a book is far more complex than that.
Each draft adds a layer of the story. In some drafts I added a detail. In other drafts I chiseled away a character like an ancient Pharaoh removing any reminder of the previous incumbent. And yet there are reminders.
A phrase on page 33 was originally a reference to a character who didn't make it to the final drafts.
On page 197 a character references a scene that was removed in the last draft.
The more drafts it took to finish the book, the more vestigial phrases you find lying around. The more vestigial phrases you find, the more you need to edit, and the more you wind up kicking yourself for not plotting a simple timeline or defining a key character's age in your notes. Little things matter.
So right now I'm imitating an anti-social mole person and burrowing into my edits. With luck I'll emerge victorious sometime next week. In the meantime, pretend I blogged about something really entertaining, 'k?
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