Yes . . . I realise I’m supposed to be talking about elves right now, but it’s been a while since I’ve talked to you, at all about ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge.’
For those of you who don’t know, this is the second novel in the Saar’s Legacy trilogy and I’ve been hammering away at editing for a good chunk of this year. My editing diary is actually available here as well as on YouTube (the channel is ileandraXraven) and though I was using that for my pre-beta edits, I’ve since been working on the comments received from beta readers.
This has taken longer than I hoped since I realised that Lenina’s character arc was lacking in key places and need plumping out significantly. There’s a lot going on in this novel and though she does a fair amount of her growing here, it was important to me that her growth appeared natural and inevitable, given the things going on around her and the choices she has to make.
After a marathon editing session yesterday, I’m at last in the final stretch and I’m hoping to be done with this pass by the same time next week. That should leave me only with proofing and formatting before I can go ahead with the final stages. Wheeee!
I’m talking about this, however, because this process has taken me a long time. Far, far too long. Given that I want to be releasing several books a year, I need to be able to write a novel faster than 12 months (and by write, I mean draft, edit, re-edit, beta edit, proofread and format). In light of that, I’ve done a lot of reading around increasing productivity and output without sacrificing quality.
Two books particularly have changed my mindset on this and I realise now that the reason this process is taking so long is because there was not sufficient planning at the start.
I was always proud to call myself a pantser. In more recent years, I’ve become a planster. This works for me too zine degree, but every project takes too long to complete. So, no more. It’s plain to me, especially looking at the way I work (and what DSB highlighted on Saturday), that if I want to produce quality, engaging stories, with a real hook, and write them in a decent time frame, that more background work is required.
There will be more on this another time, but I wanted to put this thought out there, along with all the other things that DSB discussed in her last post.
2015 is coming to a close, for sure, but 2016 is going to be mega exciting. Waaaaay more exciting than this year, starting with the completion of the Saar Legacy trilogy. I can hardly wait!