Editing has been going slowly for me. Since the beginning of the year (3 months) I’ve editing 90 pages, but that’s just changes based on direct comments in my critique group. There are more general changes (need action tags to my dialogue so I have more than talking heads), overuse of the word “I”, need to break up paragraphs based on who is talking/thinking/acting, things like that I need to do throughout the whole novel. I haven’t done that for even the first 90 pages yet. I’ve been kind of lazy, to be honest, about editing. One of my goals for the year is to find an agent. I can’t do that until I have a good novel. So I need to quit wasting time.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) gets me super motivated. I have a real goal to work towards. So I guess I just need to set goals for myself more often. Script Frenzy is the sister program for NaNoWriMo. The goal there is to write 100 pages of a script in 30 days every April. Now, I don’t know the first thing about writing a screenplay, and don’t have much desire to. I figure when my novel is a bestseller and all the studios in Hollywood are clamoring to buy the movie rights, they’ll get some awesome big name screenwriter to adapt it (maybe the team who wrote Lord of the Rings or Underworld), and I’ll hopefully have input on the finished product. But I won’t write it myself.
Anyway, my point is this. I’m going to participate in my own brand of Script Frenzy. Instead of writing 100 pages of script, I’m going to edit 100 pages of Divided Heart. A more ambitious goal is to do the second round of edits on the first 90 pages AND a full edit on the next 100 pages. (Minus the input from my critique group, of course, since I won’t get that much submitted between now and the end of April.) That will still leave me with 200 pages to edit.
I’ve never paid attention to how long it takes me to edit. So, 100 pages in 30 days is 3.3 pages a day. I know I do more than 3 pages a day when I edit. So I think even the 90 plus 100 (190) is a doable goal. Heck, let’s make it an even 200. That’s 6.6 pages a day. Yeah, I think that’s definitely a reasonable goal.
I really want to get this thing editing. 1) So I can get to work rewriting the query letter and find an agent and 2) so I can get back to work on the sequel. Wish me luck.