Sooo, for the past six weeks, I’ve been helping one of my very best friends in the whole world by re-editing his mammoth novel manuscript. We’re talking over 500 pages people!
I have to admit, I enjoy editing. It’s crazy, but I actually like it. But when you’re inside a project so big and you’re right in the middle, I don’t know about anybody else but I felt light headed (proverbially speaking) when I approached the material.
Another way to describe it might be: a sense of dread.
And yet, when I allowed myself to be drawn into the characters and the story, and because I knew I was shaping and re-shaping the material into something more magnificent… well, I felt downright gratified.
Over the past week I started pushing to complete the work. I built up some momentum with my editing, even though my own personal writing, my blog posting, and my submissions to journals was suffering… because I wanted to see the project through.
Today was the day I finished the re-edit. Yes, there will be bits of clean up and discussions with the author on sections which are (still) problematic, but on the whole I will not have to revisit the material wholesale. Thank goodness.
One lovely bit of information to share… I got so into the characters, and the story, that today while I was editing the last three chapters I cried. I’m not big on crying, so for me it was huge to be so moved by the material. (I don’t recall crying the first time I edited the mss, unless I cried when he emailed it to me because of its size! )
So, I hope this milestone will signify a more regular return to my blog postings, dear reader. And a return to my own writings, and lit mag submissions in my future.
WHEW, it feels damn good to be done!
P.S. There will be more posts to come about this novel when the time is right. I’m a huge fan of the book, and of course, the amazing author, my dear friend George.