Exit Writing, Enter Editing

cover front onlyIt’s done! 6,000 words fueled by inspiration last night, and I have a rough draft completed. Chosen, the story of Jonathan, is a real book. I have had the idea since the 90s, but for some reason haven’t had the courage or inclination to write it until now. And now that it’s “done,” I think it will be/is one of my best books.

Now comes the hard part. The baby is born, but that’s just it. It’s only a baby. I have to work with it until it becomes a young man. The first thing I will do is go through it and look for continuity and for scenes that are somewhat incomplete, or move in a direction I don’t like, or have extra language that isn’t needed.

Then I will go through it again, comparing it with the Bible’s version of the tale, as well as Bible Commentary. I know that it is not told exactly the way the Bible tells it; I took literary liberties to make it into a cohesive whole and for dramatic interest. And some of what the Bible tale includes just didn’t make sense. That’s where the Bible Commentary comes in.

Third edit, and this time I will look for grammar, spelling and punctuation. I have a bad habit of thinking one word and writing another. Spell check won’t pick it up, so I have to. The worst is when I think one name and write another, especially if that person is in the scene as well.

Then comes ebook formatting, paperback formatting, and prepages writing. I have a lot of people to thank, and I want to make sure I don’t forget anyone.

It’s a good feeling to be at this point. I suspect I am a better editor than I am a writer. But that comes in handy at a time like this.


P.S. My offer still holds. If you want a free ebook copy of Chosen, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter before Dec. 1. That’s a promise.  gr