I’m on my FINAL revision for PLEASE STAND BY. This is the fourth go-round. That might seem excessive but the first three were absolutely necessary because it was a steaming hot mess. But I feel like I’ve been working on this for-EVAH!
I’m agonizing over every word: killing adverbs, activating verbs, cutting “thats” (there were tons of them). It’s hard finding the balance between making something shine and becoming obsessed. There was one point over the weekend where I was ready to chuck the whole thing.
Seriously. It was like all of a sudden, my characters went on strike. So annoying! But considering how obstinate my MC is, I shouldn’t be surprised. But even when my brain finally kicked it into gear, I still floundered. It took 90 minutes to revise two sentences. Blargh. Does anyone ever feel secure in what they’re writing? Does it ever feel easier? (Please say the answer to those questions is yes, if only to make me feel better.)
But I know the end is near. If I stick to my schedule, I should be finished by the end of this weekend. Then I can celebrate. And it will be epic.