A quote from Stephen King, the author of my ‘writing bible’ to start and with apologies to the much-missed Prince, who wrote that iconic song Manic Monday for The Bangles all those years ago. But today, for me, Monday feels horribly manic.
Anyway … I digress … as I so often do. The reason I am feeling manic this morning is that I have been up at dawn every day for the last four days to carry out a ruthless edit of the 7th re-write of my novel.
As a virgin novelist, the editing process is proving to be both exhausting and painful, as it is highlighting some serious flaws in my writing. It is cliché-ridden, littered with adverbs and the number of times my character’s hearts have skipped a beat is beginning to give me palpitations.
So editing for me is proving to be a 1 in 4 learning curve and I very hope my writing will improve as a result.
I love every single one of my characters and am reasonably confident I have a solid plot so, having got this far, I am not going to let my characters or the storyline down by writing shoddy sentences.
What a euphoric day it will be when I’ve finished the edit. I will finally be able to send the whole shebang off to a professional so it can be ravaged once again and I await its return with bated breath so I can go through the whole bloody process again. Just another manic Monday.