Being new to this whole novel writing thing, I am not exactly sure how long it takes the average writer to do a rewrite on a novel, but I just finished the quickest rewrite I have ever done.
I set out last week to do one final read through before my writing group gets their first look at it. I thought I had a month to go through and make all the minor changes I wanted to make, but I was also having a hard time scheduling a trip to Korea. The very best time for me to go, was during my critique. If I didn’t go then, I was going to have to wait until next year. No fun! So then I got this crazy idea that maybe I could do my rewrite really fast and see if I could switch months with the woman who was up next.
So I asked her.
She said yes. [TY Sarah!]
I had a minor coronary and major freak out.
I have a full time job! How am I supposed to get this all done in a week?
Minor changes, I told myself.
But as I went through my WIP I started noticing that I had a LOT of changes to make. But I had already switched crit times and I didn’t want to give my critters something I wasn’t proud of, so I went all in. I worked on revisions every free moment I had. And no they were not just minor changes like I hinted at in my last blog, I was still rewriting and cutting out whole scenes. I don’t know if there is a single page I didn’t mark up at least a little.
But I did it. I just finished today. Wooohooo!
My next crazy task will be making all of the massive changes to the document by Wednesday, before the group meets.
I have so much left to do!