Edits on Pearl of Fire went on an involuntary hiatus for several days as I had to wrangle RL stuff. (To name just one: Why do vets schedule pickups at rush hour? Why?)
But I’m limping back into them now. The line edits are pretty set, and any remaining typos are keeping their heads down. Currently trying to get in more “set/picture each scene and character” details. Some of that I can get into a first draft, but I usually have to go back and hit scenes again in at least two more drafts to make sure as much as possible of what’s in my head makes it onto the paper.
…This is frustrating, but doesn’t really surprise me, no matter how much I work at it. IRL I can concentrate on people’s words or their body language, not both. Makes sense that I have the same concentration problem as a writer. So I try to roll with it, and focus on nailing down dialogue and what’s-happening-when in first drafts as clearly as possible, then get in the fine details of how the set of somebody’s shoulders changes words from weeping to defiant, or vice-versa.
There have also been one or two edits where I hit a spot and realized, “Wait, the character covered that/knew that already. Okay, how can I either bring up a different facet of the situation or modify what’s being said here to something that makes more sense?”
Writing. Successive approximation, yes.
Currently through about 25 of 183 pages, and at 70.5K words. It’s going slow, yes, but I think that once I go through this draft – and fix the spots where I need a scene/part of scene written, can’t forget those! – then it’ll be time to nail down some cover art and start formatting for book form.
I’d like to finish this draft in the next month. But Murphy having been what it is lately, I don’t think I’ll really know until at least mid-August how much longer it’ll take.
*Crosses fingers, knocks on wood.*