After completing the latest draft of my YA novel, I read through the content with an objective perspective and asked myself the hard questions:
- Do I want to keep reading?
- Do any key elements get lost in the dialogue or subplots?
- Are there any characters that don’t move the story forward?
- Who is the story about and does the answer ever change?
I wrote copious notes in the margins and returned to the keyboard – with determination and motivation moving me forward. In addition to self-editing the novel, I also create content for blogs of various topics (all of which connect back to the themes/topics in the novel). There many times over the last few months when I got discouraged about the work I still needed to tackle to make the finished novel publication-ready. However, I still believe very strongly in the story, the characters, the themes, and the overall tone of the piece. It’s worth the time I put into it.
I am thrilled with the progress made so far and can see the finish line not far in the distance. Once I cross that mark, a new journey begins…and after some refreshment I’ll be ready to start the next leg!