Erin Green Author - blog
Tadah, my structural edits have arrived! Life always throws me something during a NaNoWriMo month - always! So the plan to write the second half of my current novel has slide from the priority spot of my 'To-do list' as I have four weeks to complete the edits. I can't complete both tasks 100% - I'll be found rocking at my desk if I tried!
It can't be helped, proving that authors need to be adaptable in switching their projects and imagination, as necessary.
For those that are unsure, structural edits arise when your editors have read your finished manuscript but have lingering questions about the motivations, actions and character arcs of the story being told. I see their queries as a need to enlighten specific scenes and details whilst fading or deleting other aspects, which are currently too prominent. This is my least favourite stage, though once it is complete and ready to return, I usually dance around the room!
New plan: focus on my edits for the majority of my working day then hit the creative writing needed for NaNoWriMo, as a treat at the end of each editing shift! That sounds like a do-able plan! Mmmm, we'll see.