Time to Edit!
So today I printed out Walk the Red Road (ok, had someone else do it for me). I was going to do it this weekend, which means I’m ahead of schedule for once! This will be my final edit, and S is going to read it as well to give his input. That makes me the most nervous for some reason. I can handle constructive criticism from anyone else, but for some reason I get defensive when it comes from S. I think because I want him to love it as much as I do, so I get sad when he finds an error and it’s not perfect after all. I know, I have issues.
Look! My story!
It’s ginormous! Hey look, Nemo made it into the picture.
And before I forget, the most important part of the book:
I know. Awww. He knows this dedication means he’s never allowed to leave me. I can’t be having a special book dedication out there for an ex. No siree. Luckily he’s here to stay. By the way, this dedication was supposed to be a surprise but he caught it while sitting next to me as I was scrolling through the document, so…busted.
The one thing I forgot to do though was include page numbers. SO. ANNOYING. Why? Because there are a bajillion pages (bajillion = 172) and it’s a pain in the butt finding my place my text rather than by page number when making changes from paper to computer version. Also, because I have a cat who likes to do things like this 30 minutes after your book has been printed:
It’s going to take awhile to get this done. Part of my weekend is dedicated to editing, but the other part I have to use to start my lesson plans. That’s right, this quiet, hates-the-spotlight girl will possibly be teaching 3 classes this spring semester (Intro to Lit, Creative Writing, and Web Writing). So I’m in the middle of reading these books, plus a few others I already rejected as having class potential:
The big books scare me. That’s why they’ve been saved for last.
I don’t have much more to say on this matter other than I’m excited to do my final read-through and finally put in the chapter breaks. I also wanted to include a picture of the crisp, clean pages because when I’m done, I’m going to show you how god-awful they look all marked up with edits and ideas for changes. I think the revision process on paper is fascinating. Maybe you don’t, but I figure this blog is about writing and that’s all part of the process. So, clean version:
It won’t look like this by the time I’m done.
Oh, and Remember My To-Do List from Earlier?
*Revising manuscript according to editors–ALMOST DONE