Currently the problem areas in the draft of Seeds of Blood range from mild:
“Add more description here.”
To… not so mild:
“Massive fight scene! Oh, the humanity!”
This is actually an improvement. I now have a list of places to hit in the text, and some notes on what’s wrong with each piece. Effectively, a checklist. Fix A, B, etc.; all the way to that last fight scene which won’t allow me to write it until I’m absolutely sure what characters will show up, you evil bunnies-!
So instead of a nebulous “edit the rough draft”, I have a pile of “stuff to do”. This is a great relief, because it makes for a… measureable amount of work, so to speak. Not going to finish this week, but something that could conceivably be finished inside a month. For this round of edits, at least.
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again: At least 4 and probably 6 major rounds of edits. One after I’ve put it into book-sized format, because believe it or not different things will jump out at you when you change how the sentences align on the page.
So, nowhere near finished. But given I’m trying to aim for late summer/early fall? Yeah, I think I can do that. Whew. 🙂
But here’s where I need some input, because editing Seeds has pretty much eaten all my ficcing time lately. And I’ve almost run through the finished bits of Waking to Another Sky.
So… I could post up some unfinished bits. I could post up finished bits of something else hanging around in my hard drive – SAO/Eberron or a few odd Bleach bits come to mind. Or I could try and think of something else not necessarily fic-related.