No, that’s not sarcasm you hear. I’m actually being serious. Yep, I have been dreading editing this hideous story and yet, now that I’m in the middle of it, I’m actually quite enjoying it.
Of course, I’ve only done the first half. It’s the second I should be worried about.
Now, I had a really clear idea of what I wanted with the first half so the first draft of that isn’t too bad. But unfortunately I have a feeling that the second half is going to be vile. I already know that the conflict hasn’t focussed on the right things, that I’ve got distracted and let other issues complicate it – namely concentrating on my hero’s emotional growth to the detriment of my heroine. Argh! So it’s going to be the devil’s own job untangling it – plus not letting it get tangled up again! And I am going to have force myself to do a better job of the ending rather than using placeholding phrases such as “And it all worked out in the end. Cue kiss. HEA.” Oh yes, and there’s the epilogue to go too.
Sigh. And it’s already at 49k! Ah well, I’m hoping I can cut screes of ‘just’s, ‘that’s, ‘suddenly’s and other words I seem to use ALL the time. Not to mention all the smiling and grinning my hero seems to do.
What an exciting week for me. 🙂 Good job I’ve got the RWNZ Conference to look forward to!