Well, Sylvia – it’s unavoidable it seems.
Though, I’m not really hating on myself as much as this all makes it seem, but I think it’s applicable, and will certainly be hitting me soon.
I officially started my first read through of Recovery – right now, it’s looking like I am going to stick to 3rd person. After a lot of the comments from you guys I thought about why I was changing back to first, and there wasn’t really a good answer. Also, I think I was trying to take the easy way out by not committing to a broader voice for my characters.
Anyway, I know that as I get deeper into my story I am going to find a ton of issues. Last night I couldn’t fall asleep because I was thinking about all the parts that are going to need to be changed. It’s a lot, and it’s going to take a lot of time, and a lot of revisions. But I am starting to understand the depth of my devotion to them all, and I am understanding that this was not some “hey I’m going to write a book!” tangent I just thought I would try for the hell of it, but something I really want to put my all into – I want to make something that will last and will reach people.
So, as I begin this daunting task of the first round of edits, I will try and remember that it’s my standard writing process to make huge changes. To delete large chunks, to reorganize, and to seek better clarification and detail. Though I have never edited something as long, I am sure it’s generally the same process, right?