I was excited today as I have 75 pages left to edit in my novel. I thought, ‘wow, I might actually even be ahead of schedule.” I’m never AHEAD of schedule. Then I realized that today is also June first. I have just a hair over a month to finish my editing.
Now where 75 pages doesn’t seem like that much there is still a lot of work to do. I am editing for content and the obvious mistakes. Once I get to the end I will go over it once again just to be sure timelines are good. Nothing to me is worse than wondering to yourself why someone in a book has knowledge about something that has not happened yet. 75 pages can also be a lot to get through when the rest of your life decides that sitting down and editing a book just isn’t going to work right now. I have a 9-5 job that pays the bills, as books are not doing this for me, plus a lot of family to save time for as well.
Once I am happy with the book. And when I say happy I mean when I make myself leave it alone and remind myself that perfection is impossible. The next step will be finding someone to edit it for me in my remaining time frame.
I set a publication date for two reasons. One is for myself, to keep me on track and to finish this project and take another step toward my dream. The other is a promise to readers out there. I put the countdown clock on my page for those who are interested and waiting for my novel.
Thank you for reading, and thank you to those who are waiting for me to be done with this already.