I’ve just started on editing the first draft of my book. Yes, I do know I have mention that I’ve finished the first draft more than once, but hey I’ve never written a book before.
I’ve not looked at the first chapter for about six months but this was the one chapter I had already done a lot of work on. I did stop and leave it alone or I was in danger of never finishing part two. Yes, Now I have mentioned it twice in the same article!
Anyway reading again was a bit of a shock last time I was quite pleased with it, this time I was not. It’s not total pile of rubbish but it’s not that good. I couldn’t believe how much telling I had left in it after already re-writing it a few times. I’ve re-written about a third of it and, now am a lot happy with it. What really worries me when I come back to if for another re-draft in about two months will I hate it again? At this rate I will never feel my book is ready for publishing.
I once read that no author is ever 100% happy with their book, you can never quite write the book you want to. But at what point do you hand over to the editor? When you are 50% happy 75%? I have no idea; this book may never see the light of day. I might be destined to be forever re-wringing it always say, ‘The next draft, it will be ready then!’