I just did the edits on four chapters. I've done roughly half the edits on True and they are going at a good pace now. I think that is because I am just doing the edits as they are - not accepting every one but not struggling with the story as I put in commas and take out excess words. My plan is to finish this part and while I'm at it, in a separate compartment of my mind, I'm thinking of bigger issues. It gives me a chance to see the whole thing together, which is excellent, no matter how many times I have to do it! I still believe that the bigger revision won't involve much structure - it will be more an adding to and taking away as opposed to changing much of the order of things. I think the biggest problems are in the balancing of the characters. I need to deepen some and although, when I imagine that, it seems a huge job - in reality, I know it isn't. It will sometimes just come down to more telling details, ways to expose and shine a light on the aspects of the characters that I know but haven't adequately shown. So. There's that.
This process is a wild one. I think I have a grasp on what I'm doing, but really I don't. I just have to keep moving, trying, adding and subtracting and most of all - trying to be true to my vision.
How is it going with you all? How do you keep your spirits up - your energy directed, when the beach and sun is calling? Today is a holiday in Canada and I'm just about to take the step-dot to the beach, having done my writerly duty!
By the way - yesterday I went to the Shag Bay Incident Museum or the Alien Museum as it is known. Intrigued? You should be. I think I feel another Kitty MacDonald story arising.