So I’m currently editing Act 2 of my debut novel and it’s slow going. Don’t get me wrong, I’m making progress, but I feel like my Act 1 edits were a cake-walk compared to all the rewriting I am doing now. My editor pointed out some major romance flaws that I am slowly improving. I feel like I’m cooking a complex recipe in that I need to beef up the romance and leave out the cheese. And while I love to devour cheese of all kinds in real life, I hate to read it. Cheesy romance makes me want to gag.
My editor is encouraging and critical and the story is levels above where it was. But I worry about the time. I’m 18 weeks pregnant and I don’t want to be (to paraphrase my friend, Stephen) knee-deep in edits while I’m pushing out a baby. It’s also the holiday season which means things slow down considerably. One of my boys isn’t in school as much as I’d like and impending Poconos snow means school could be closed anyway. I wrote this novel during nap time and I’ve been revising it during nap time too. I guess I’m going to have to forgo my nightly television routine in order to finish my edits because it took me 2 days just to revise 15 pages!
I think I’m just super anxious about all the fun stuff that comes with getting a novel published. The cover design. A release date. Bookmarks! So, I’m like, “Come on, Kim. Hussle.” Also, this fetus keeps growing and has an expiration date. It will want out at some point, book or no book.
Any writers out there? How long does it take you to edit? And is your Act 2 always the hardest part to revise?