How many times does the average published novel get revised, edited, and nitpicked? Please, somebody, tell me so I can have some idea how much longer I’ll be working on this manuscript. I’m afraid I’ll still be hitting it with the red ink, staring at it through a magnifying glass when I’m 102 years old.
I used to think that when the plot and dialogue were done, so was I. WRONG. That’s only the beginning, as most of you reading this know. Perfection is unobtainable, but that doesn’t stop a writer from trying.
This month I’m busy revising a manuscript for a contest and working on a pitch and synopsis. I lost count how many times I’ve fine tuned this one in previous years. Each day, I drag my writing tools to the PC. Superfluous adverbs and adjectives get jackhammered into oblivion. My scalpel pen comes out to perform a gerundectomy, sometimes a series of them. Then I sandblast away the stiff prose and awkward phrases that keep popping up about the time I think I’ve got things under control.
I’ll keep chipping away at this ink and paper stone until, hopefully, I see a copy of it on Barnes & Noble’s shelf. Or until I’m finally happy with it, whichever comes first.