I finished my novel!
The first 100 pages have been critiqued and edited, the next 100 are with my CP, and the remaining 130 need a first round of edits. Overall, I'm really happy with it.
I've had a lot of advice telling me not to edit until I have the entire first draft written. But that's not the way I roll.
I used to be a programmer. I designed and developed relatively complex applications using a structured design methodology. I will spare you the details - but maybe I'll do a nerds-only post next week. The bottom line is this: for software and novels, I don't like to add complexity onto something that's not strong enough to hold it.
I write a chapter or two, sometimes several chapters, and then edit them before moving on, but never on the same day. This process makes me feel like I'm on solid ground and doesn't at all stifle my creativity. I do final edits after that, lots of rounds of edits, often using feedback from peers.
When I wrote software, I wrote one functional piece of the application and then tested it. Any bugs were fixed and tested before I wrote the next piece. If our team didn't do testing and bug fixes iteratively, we would have a nightmare on our hands trying to get broken pieces to work together and would be promptly scolded for not delivering the complete product on time.
So I write and edit in chunks. It's how I'm wired after doing that kind of work for more than ten years.
I think everyone is different in their writing process, and what works for me probably doesn't work for other people. I feel really lucky I found a process that works well for me.
Now I have to answer the big question for myself: do I want to jump right into edits, finish editing my other stories, or start something new? I think I will decide tomorrow.
I hope you all are making good progress on your writing this month. It seems like a lot of people are finishing novels, which is awesome.
Anyone up for a nerd post? (I anticipate browser windows closing quickly.)