This week I hit a new milestone on my journey as an author. I finished the first draft of my second novel which I’m calling ‘Reunion of the Heart’.
It’s been a lot of fun to plot and then write and I’m looking forward to sharing it with the world. 🙂 But as the title of this post suggests, it’s not finished yet. Those of you who are writers will recognise that I need to edit, edit, edit before I release it. And of course I need to have other, dispassionate eyes on it so that I can make it the best that it can be.
So at some point I’ll be putting out a request for beta readers, but NOT YET! There’s lots that I need to work on by myself first. I may well tweak scenes and/or insert scenes. I realise that as a story it does need a lot of tightening up. I feel like there’re potentially a lot of holes in the plot, things I haven’t caught yet in my writing process.
Yes, I know that’s where beta readers come in, but I want to finish reading it all through first as my initial edit. I want to make sure I’ve ironed out any obvious mistakes before I (fearfully) hand it over to be read by other people for the first time. That’s a scary process, for sure – handing over your precious WIP to be scrutinised by other eyes for the first time.
If you’re a writer, I’m sure you’re familiar with that feeling. You desperately want your WIP to be read by other people… and yet at the same time you’re scared ****less at the thought of other people who aren’t you reading and potentially being critical of your work.
But it needs to be done and so I’m working towards that point when I can finally hand it over to some generous people to read and make comments on. I want to be the best writer that it’s possible for me to be. I feel I’m improving and growing in confidence as a writer all the time. As I’ve said before, the online community of writers has transformed the way I write and my confidence in myself.
So thank you once more. And I’ll keep you all posted as to my novel’s progress.
By the way… are any of you working on editing? How are you finding it? I’d love to have your comments. 🙂