Right now I’m editing Chapter 35 of Old Souls. That means I’m about 90,000 words deep in what currently stands as a 138,146 word novel. This isn’t the first editing run for Old Souls, and it certainly won’t be the last. Likely, the book will require two more passes before the manuscript is forwarded (again) to my critique partners, and yet another draft before it goes to betas. The good news is that each editing endeavor becomes substantially easier than the last. As every gaping plot-hole gets filled, the characters become sharper, and the stakes more clearly defined.
And that acceleration of pace is more than welcome, because the last time I edited Chapter 35 was in 2015.
The first time I saw that “previously opened” date on my file, I was a little floored. How is it possible that so much time has passed?
We all know that writing a book…
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