This round of edits is taking a lot longer than I anticipated, and a lot longer than I wanted it to. My original goal was a flat 2 weeks. Those 2 weeks passed last Saturday, and I’m still not done.
I only have 3 chapters left, theoretically, but my pace has slowed to a crawl. This is the end of the story. It’s important, and needs to be as nearly perfect as I can make it. That being said, a lot of things have popped up that need changing.
First off is a continuation of the changes I’ve already made. If I changed something relatively minor in some random middle chapter, I have to be ready for when that issue pops back up again. Whatever change I made before needs to be reflected in the new narrative, which also means my reading has slowed down to make sure I catch those changes as they come up.
I’m also finding more places that need larger sections either reorganized or rewritten. These are the chapters where Bo’s mom needs her strength to shine, but she comes off as weak the way the story is now. I need her to be strong, but still make the same decisions to put her in the same place at the end. Bo needs to end this story alone, so her mom needs to make the decision to let her face it alone. That’s hard to do while still portraying her as strong, which is why I didn’t go too great a job of it the first (or second) time around.
The pacing here is also something I need to consider. The end chapter is very busy, and moves very quickly, but if I’m going to slow it down, I need to disperse elements of it throughout the preceding couple of chapters.
Overall, I’m thoroughly annoyed. I don’t like working slowly, especially when the project is so close to coming to fruition. It’s frustrating. But I need to go slow, to give these chapters the attention they deserve. Rushing will only leave me with an inferior project, which will hurt me in the long run.