Coffee Break 10
OK, so I have been COOKING this week. I mean that metaphorically, as I haven’t had time for any real cooking, it’s been sandwiches and takeaways all the way as I haven’t done much except write. Not a bad plan due to the horrible chilly spell that has descended on Britain.
I now feel that I might even finish the book by the end of the month (a week today!), although I have a lecture to plan, features to write, and a whole variety of other work getting in the way. If I can finish by then it will JUST beat my previous record, with my first book, of three months to do a first draft.
However…this doesn’t of course mean it will be FINISHED, finished. It will really be only the beginning. The mid-April deadline we worked out this week means that once I’ve written THE END I will only perhaps have two or three days – rather than the usual few weeks – to let the book marinate in time, before I have to go back and edit. I worry a little that although this is a very straightforward book, I may fail to take advantage of nuances or opportunities to make it funnier/better. But then again my editor’s comments will then give me a new opportunity to revise and change and improve…
So, how are we all getting on? And my question this week is about how you edit…how long do you leave the book? do you do structural change first and then work at sentence level, or are you a multi-tasker who can manage it all simultaneously (in which case, you have my profound admiration)? All tips and tricks welcome!