So after three days of revisions and finely-picking apart roughly 15,000 words across 32 pages things are becoming a bit of a chore. Well, I say that but what I actually mean is this: Things sometimes feel like a chore, and then other times they don’t.
It’s kind of like the writers equivalent of self-harm to go through and critique your own work with such a heavy hand. I’m trying to be deft and precise and clever with my alterations (and for the most part I think I’m succeeding) but I’m reading and then re-reading paragraphs that don’t quite sound right and trying to dissect the issue. It’s quite a laborious task – especially if you happen to be somebody like me who has the attention span of an infant.
On the up side, however, the story is actually feeling pretty good at this point. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m under no allusions that I’m the next member of the literary elite and I know I never will be. What I’m looking for is the ability to write enjoyable and readable stories that people will flock to en masse and be able to discuss with their friends afterwards. At the moment I definitely think Haunt holds the power to be the kind of book that will capture the imagination and certainly presents enough mysteries in one go to keep a person involved. I know a lot about needing to be encaptured by a story, seeing as I have the attention span of an infant (did I mention that already?)
I’m going to go back to editing now and trying to keep an eye keen. This blog is definitely going to come in handy for those days (like today) when I actually just miss writing long sections in one sitting. At the moment it’s all ‘change this word’ or ‘mix up this sentence’. Does anybody else find this bit quite hard? Oh well, at least I’m not reading it and hating everything I’ve written. That’s definitely an improvement on my previous efforts.
The good news is this: I’m 18% through editing the first draft of a complete story and I don’t hate it. Sometimes I think about the fact that it’s actually done and I want to slap myself. Is it bad that I want to start writing something new? No, I suppose that’s just writers intuition. For now, however, my attention is solely on Haunt and making sure it becomes a completely finished and polished piece of work. Who said you can’t have it all?