It’s been an odd but busy week for my writing side of work. I’ve been ploughing on with the second draft edits of Her Warrior Angel. The biggest bug for me was the ending chapter, which felt a bit thrown together when I was writing it during the first draft but I wanted to let it sit for a bit to get a better feel for it.
The initial read through didn’t really throw up any other major problems. It has good conflict, probably the strongest out of the series, and I think the characters have a good dynamic… and I’m totally in love with the hero. I finished the read through on Monday and went straight back into the edit to add all my comments in and first fixes. After that it was a good thorough edit.
Over the past year, I’ve really honed my writing when it comes to the first draft, making sure I don’t make the mistakes or general writing stuff I normally end up correcting in second draft, so I’ve really got it down to a fine art now. I rarely use “he said”, instead having an action after speech, and I avoid passives and other grammar issues as much as I can (sometimes it’s impossible to avoid a passive!). But I digress.
I’ve just finished fiddling with the final chapter. It was difficult to wait until the end of the edit to address the issues, rearrange and rewrite it but it was best I did it with a clear picture of the story in my head. I’m much happier with it now, so I’m going to give it a read over on my way home from work tonight and then put this story to bed.
Of course, the cycle of writing and editing is never really over, and tomorrow I’ll be proofing Her Fallen Angel so I can get the formats made for it and get it submitted to Fictionwise.
Ah, it really never ends.
Still… it’s only three more days until I get to spend the week in Spain. Yay!