Camp Nanowrimo Update
Well, it's almost the end of April. As I said in my last post, I participated in Camp Nanowrimo. And since my goal of doing a full revision pass of my 21 chapters wasn't too big a task, I "won" camp yesterday. Which is great, I guess. I don't know if any of you have had this feeling, but I'm not sure my story is the best it can be. With the changes I made after both of my beta reader rounds, I know it's better than it was.
But I want it to be the best I can do with my current skills, and my gut is telling me there's more to do. The problem is, I have about a month and a half before I have to hand it over to my line/copy editor. And I have a day job. And a child. Reading over the third last chapter a few days ago, I know that part is strong. The climax of the story didn't have much tension and was fairly short in the first few drafts. I added a bit to it on each pass, and that part at least, I know is the best I can get it. It's the beginning, and maybe the end and the character arc that I think might not be up to snuff. You know, the minor details. I do have a couple more ideas for how to add more to the character arc, but after that, I'm out of ideas. And probably out of time too since I have to start tightening up the grammar and wording. I know I'm not going to be 100% painted into a corner. Since I'm going to self-publish, there is the fallback of hitting the unpublish button if down the line, I feel embarrassed about my debut. But, I really don't have to have to do that. Honestly, I am tired of doing developmental revisions on this story; it's been a year and a half. I will get there.