Oh dear, I think I just won the prize for the worst pun in a blog title, ever!*
I've started editing novel 2 - actually cutting, re-arranging and typing words rather than making pretty collages with index cards and post-it notes - and so far so...okay actually. I've done about 5%. That doesn't sound like much but opening up YWriter for the first time since I wrote 'The End' was a bit scary. In my mind novel 2 was a big old mess that was going to need some serious surgery to make it into an actual book but I've edited the first couple of chapters now and... it's not the horrific mess I thought it was. In fact, there are even a few bits (paragraphs, words) that aren't that bad (and other bits that make me go "urgh, you call that writing?" but let's not go there).
Anyway, it's going okay - apart from the fact I kind of promised my agent I'd get the novel to her in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair which is on 15th October. That's just over 2 months away! Considering it took me 7 months to edit novel 1 I've got my work cut out for me (and no one to blame but myself).
It's times like this when I really wish I didn't have a day job but I'm going to try and buy myself a few more valuable hours by booking 7 to 10 days of holiday in August, go away somewhere, and edit my heart out (or gaze out of the window, go for a walk or watch TV just like I would at home...)
I'm not freaking out yet (plenty of time for that mid-September!).
*The reason for the 'folking' editing considering it's not actually going that badly...I'm off to the Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend! I checked the weather and wasn't too gutted to read that it might rain. Why? Because I'll get the wear these, the best wellies in the world, ever!