Anyone else really hate how tough editing is?
I finished the first draft of my book in the first part of this year and I am continuing to edit it. And you know what? It's taking me really long. Granted I did hand write the novel, but even if I hadn't, I'm not even looking at the first few chapters yet. I would be surprised as all get out if I end up finishing this rewrite before the year ends.
At first my concern was that my book won't be long enough. I have only fifteen chapters and my first two chapters are only a little over 3,000. Well, if you do the math that would mean my fantasy novel would be around 50,000 words plus. That definitely isn't long enough for a book and really isn't long enough for a fantasy novel.
And then I got to Chapter 3. Chapter 3 hit around 3,500 words and I'm just a little over halfway done with it. And I've looked into the chapters ahead and those are very long. So, I'm thinking I will end up around 70,000 words (fingers crossed, of course) which is normal.
I have a lot of work ahead of me, I know. A part of this is the fact that the novel is handwritten. Another reason is that a good chunk of this novel was written nearly ten years ago. I've become a better writer since, so I am rewriting a lot of new content. I'm hoping as I go along the later chapters (which means chapters 9 through 15) are better. But even then there are elements in the story I need to add that will take even more time flesh out and make sure of continuity.
So you know what I found out as a result of all this? Editing is a lot of work. I know, I know, big news right?
Since I have faced the fact that editing this novel will take me really long, I am starting other projects. Earlier this month I laid out my goals for the month of May and I obviously bit off way more than I can chew and didn't get half of what I wanted to get done (but hey, I got two short stories done and will finish two chapters rewrites! That's something!).
Short stories will only be fulfilling for so long and I am toying with that idea of starting a sequel novel to this fantasy novel I am working on (which will be a brand new challenge for my characters, not an ongoing battle the goes into the second book. I would have kept it in the first book if that was the case). OR...I am considering starting a brand new fantasy novel that will take me quite a lot of research before I can begin to write it.
All of this would be easier to consider if I had a full-time job and a regular schedule to work around. To start anything new like this when I'm not working feels very bad, so short stories and novel editing is probably going to be it for now.
While I swore off talking about writing on my blog, I had to put this out there. Does editing take anyone else really long? I may take all of this year and probably most of next year to finish the number of rewrites I know I have to get to. That is the editing I need to get done before I show anyone my drafts, of course.
How long does editing and rewriting take you? How many drafts do you go through before you show anyone your work?