So, I’ve been working away at Dreamstate II and that horror book that I’ve mentioned a few times. I’m not sure if I really need to mention that every week, since that’s pretty much expected of me until the book(s) are finished—but it seems as good an introduction to the post as any. Anyways, I’ve been messing the books, but for the life of me I can barely tell what I’ve done.
All of the scenes are moving forwards, and I’ve got maybe two chapters or so left to go, but a lot of my time right now seems to be sunk into fixing earlier bits of the book. These tend to be the bigger things that I want to get out of the way before I edit them. That might not make a ton of sense to someone who hasn’t really dealt with this before, but allow me to explain. If I have to fix something that goes on for many pages, such as a particularly lengthy scene, there’s no point in waiting until I’ve edited the rest of the book to deal with it. It’s going to be large enough that there’s a 99% chance that I’ll have made at least a couple mistakes that will need their own editing session to fix. I’d rather do it all at once rather than remember that I need to go back and hit a targeted section a few times more. There are obviously sections that need more work than others, but if I’m able to keep the process as single track as possible, it’s easier on my brain in the long run.
In other Dreamstate II news, I’m reaching that part of the book where the end is really in sight and I just want to be done with it. I’ve been messing with the book for months now, and I have all sorts of other projects that I want to get to. I think that’s part of the reason I feel like I’m treading water (when I’m actually not) with the tail end of the project—I’m ready to be done. If I were only a little bit into the story I might shelve it for a month or two to mess with something else, but I’m not, I’m nearly done, and so stopping now would just be… rude. This isn’t to say that I don’t think it’s a good book, it’s just that I’ve really, really been almost wholly invested in the Dreamstate world for a very long time and I need another break for a while. The last thing I want to do is burn myself out in that particular universe; I like the series and I want to keep liking it.