This week, I got maybe three new chapters written and three chapters edited. It's less than what I wanted to do, but definitely better than nothing.
I've been working on this novel on and off for about a year. My critique partner has given me feedback on the first twenty chapters, and I've edited them twice, once before she read them and once after getting her feedback. I've been working on the ending chapters with the idea firmly fixed in my mind that those 15 chapters, the ones I've written since January and only I have seen, are kind of a hot mess.
It's hard to keep writing when you aren't certain about the chapters supporting the ones you're trying to write. Maybe that's just me, but it's really uncomfortable.
So I physically separated those fifteen chapters from the others - like literally, in a separate report binder, and I've been working away at these chapters while adding new chapters to the end. It may be a little nuts to be in editing mode and writing mode at the same time, but it seems to be working for me. Once I edit a chapter and reprint it, I take the old one out of the binder.
The chapters I thought were rough at best are shiny and perfect now (perfect enough for a first draft). I'm unbelievably excited about what I wrote. That feeling, that euphoria, is why I love to write. It's like runner's high but without all the sweat.
I'm getting closer and closer to the ending, and it feels FANTASTIC.
Today I have time to write two new chapters and edit at least two (fingers crossed). I also need to work on my vegetable garden, one of my several new obsessions.
I've definitely been lagging on reading posts and commenting here. I'm certain you all understand. Must finish the novel.
Do you edit as you go? What do you do if you aren't comfortable with previous chapters?