Deep into editing of Devising, and the prime real estate on my desk is covered with papers related to that: a heavily marked up outline and notes from my alpha reader.
I stumbled upon a neat trick for editing. Normally I edit front-to-back, which works well for flow and sentence-to-paragraph-level issues. But for this pass, I worked back to front, which helps one think about how bigger pieces connect together. It’s really nice for looking at character arcs and making sure all the foreshadowey bits are doing their job.
Food items present: Xylitol mints, ibuprofen (yeah, we’ll call that food), Tums (ditto) and a glass of Throat Comfort tea, the tast of which I’ve grown quite fond of. The back corner of my desk still holds an assortment of various tea and yerba mate packages.
I should finish this editing pass in the next few days, but I’m not out of the woods yet. Based on alpha reader comments, there are still some gaps that need to be filled in, but this is more akin to writing than editing, so I’m rolling these bits into the November festivities. Corroborating evidence: the low word count. I’ve added over 12k words so far this month, and it’s beginning to feel like a complete novel. I’ll likely need a light front-to-back pass to iron out any small scale kinks that have been recently introduced.
So, November. I’m not officially NaNo-ing, least of all because I don’t want to start a new novel with this one unfinished. But I do need some marination time, so I’ll focus on short stories. My goal is to write 2000 words a day of short fiction, in stories between 100 and 10,000 words. I have set aside a folder full of fragments–ideas that struck but that I valiantly resisted in order to finish some other project. There’s 841 words in all the files in that directory now. Let’s see if we can get it to 60k by Nov 30.
But I’m not starting until this edit pass is done. Gotta go, moonlight’s burning.
P.S. If you have serious/crazy/funny ideas for a short story, post them in the comments here. But be warned: no guarantee what I might (or might not) do with them!