It’s no secret that I hate editing. It’s just something I have to get good at. Damn good at, if I’m going to sell my work. So we slog on but there’s no joy in it for me, no getting lost in the pages. Tonight I need to smooth over and delete some chapters to make room for the new chapter I wrote. I will get to do a little writing as I rework the chapter prior to this new one of Jacob’s but on the whole it’ll be hard work.
A good thing about the time off from the book is that I can see the story more impartially. I’m easily able to pick and prune sentences to make them shorter and more concise. So that advice, from Kay Kenyon and others, stands up well.
I also finished Sam Syke’s debut novel, Tome of the Undergates. I’ll get a review up tomorrow. Meanwhile, back into the editing morass. I’m spending the first week of May doing nothing but editing. Next week I plan to ease into my new novel, alternating writing days with editing days. Wish me luck.