Well, this morning I finally wrote those two words we all struggle and strive for :
Which in other words, means the beginning of revisions. The first draft of KISSING FOR COFFEE is officially done- topping out at exactly 70k but it will be another month or so before I've finished edits, revisions and overall polishing. I might have finished the first draft sooner if my husband hadn’t gotten me a kindle for my birthday. (Thank you for all those wonderful birthday wishes btw! Sorry I haven't been around this week- hubby ordered an updated internet box which left us with no internet for two days. Total torture.)
The kindle is everything I’d hoped it’d be. So easy to use! I ordered and downloaded a couple Sookie Stackhouse novels in the blink of an eye wheras before I had to order them through amazon.fr- pray they had the books in english, pay shipping, and wait two weeks before they arrived in the mail.
For those of you who have a kindle, you know how different graphics pop up when you aren’t using it- kind of like a screen saver. Some of the images are of famous authors, or paintings, or book covers. They kind of remind me of those intricate etch-a-sketch portraits some artists are capable of. Really neat. Except when you wake up and Emily Dickenson is staring back at you. Her picture creeps me out.
So I’m officially on summer vacation! And now that the first draft of KISSING FOR COFFEE is completed, I’m going to let it marinate for awhile. It’s a good idea to stay away from your work for a short time so you can come back to it with new perspective. This is probably one of the most difficult steps of revision- You want it done now! You’re addicted to the story and the characters and aren’t ready to leave them!- So you fiddle. And fiddle. Re-read it until nothing else jumps out at you.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t more to revise. It probably means you’ve read yourself blind to any other problems the manuscript may have. Which is when it’s time to finally take a step away from it. You might send it out to initial beta readers. Or let it sit alone for a few weeks and go back to it yourself first.
But staying away from it is key. To speed up the process I’ve been saving up some books on my nightstand.
And then there’s my kindle. And I’ve got a project I’m going to start beta-reading. All of these are great ways to keep busy AND add to your editing-arsonal for when you go back to your manuscript.
What do you do during manuscript ‘down time’? What are your plans for this summer?? (I’m staying home with the kids this summer – hubby just changed jobs so let me live vicariously through your plans please!:)