I’ve made it through three full edits of In The Flesh since last I wrote. The mechanical edit where I checked for spelling, grammar and syntax errors. Two minor edits where I checked for particular consistency issues and now I’m on the final major edit. This edit is where I flesh out (pardon the pun) the character interactions and really give the framework I’ve already created life.
I got great feedback from two of my beta readers and as a result I’ve radically changed the ending. It was, as one beta reader pointed out, unbalanced in comparison with the rest of the novel. Now I feel it is stronger and better balanced. My beta readers have given me excellent feedback with real suggestions as to what could be improved. I am very thankful for them.
Editing has fallen into a bit of a pattern for me. I edit four or five chapters in the evening and then the next day I go over those chapters in the morning to make sure I like the edits. I check for mechanical correctness and for continuity with the rest of the story. There are also some things I don’t want to give away too soon in my attempts to make the characters more engaging. Then once that’s done, usually by the afternoon, I go on to editing the next few chapters.
This process is taking quite a bit more time than I had anticipated it would but I am pleased with the results. The narrative is stronger and more engaging. I am still confident I will make a March release date. K.