October Update & Back to Editing

October has come which means it’s time for me to swap my work schedule around. September was spent drafting a fantasy thing, which I’m collaborating on with a friend, and I think I just about finished a first draft (Yey!) Sure, I know I need to add some stuff here and there, but it’s best done after a round of revisions I think.

For October, I’m going to edit something I wrote for last year’s NaNoWriMo. I’ve just gotten it back from an excellent beta reader (and great friend), and I have lots of stuff to do. I’m not going to lie, there’s going to be a lot of hard work, but at the same time I look forward to it.

This is the first time I use this beta reader, and I have to say, the experience has been excellent! I have 3-4 other people who regularly read my work, and all of them give me different feedback. With this new guy, he’s definitely the most experience author of my bunch (in fact, he’s internationally award-winning), and the feedback shows it. It points to different kinds of problems, different details that I don’t get from my other readers.

Now, I usually hate editing. I prefer drafting (a lot), and it’s going to be strange to step away from months and months of sitting down every morning to draft. I’m used to waking up, grabbing a cup of coffee and just let the words flow. I don’t need to worry too much, in fact, when I’m on a roll I don’t need to think at all.

But now I have to think. Real hard like. About words and stuff. I’m not really dreading it, because I am very excited about this story. But it’s going to be difficult to change my mindset, at least in the beginning.

I can’t wait!

What are you working on in October? Getting ready for NaNoWriMo in November?

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