Today is the last day of the Clarion Write-a-Thon, the daily writing challenge I have taken part in since June 24th.
I hit my goal of spending 45 hours editing my next fantasy novel, Riddle of the White Gun. I actually hit 46 hours instead of 45, which means Stephanie will have to shell out another 0.009 cents.
While I hit my editing goal, I am not finished with the book. Why? Well, because like most ‘final’ edits, I changed stuff. I altered some characters, added some scenes, deleted some scenes, and so on. If I was just doing a straight copy-edit, I would certainly be done with the book. My goal was not to just copy-edit the book however (I may do that after this edit). I wanted to make the book better, and the feedback from my beta readers helped.
This meant more work, which is fine. I have worked on this book for the past year (and some form of it for longer) and I ready to put it to bed. The Write-a-Thon helped me get back on the horse, but it was not without its challenges: my iBook died, leaving me without a computer for few days, and I learned that writing while camping is not always a good idea.
Am I happy with the work I have done during the Write-a-Thon? Yes. It was certainly worth the effort, and my book is better for it.
I don’t plan on stopping my work, but I will dial down my time commitment. Shooting for an hour everyday wasn’t always easy, but I will try for at least 30 minutes a day. While doing the original draft, I had a daily word count goal, but that won’t really work for this stage of the writing process.
I will confess, I did feel a great sense of relief after hitting my 45 hour goal. Next: finishing this dang thing.
Daniel J. Hogan has a lot of horses he needs to get back on. Follow him on Twitter, @danieljhogan.