Although it is necessary, it’s almost as bad as marketing.
For instance, I have been toiling over one of my books for a few weeks after my editor sent in back with an overall complaint that continuity needed some work.
Continuity needs some work.
OK, I’ll admit that it was a story I wrote in the mid 1970s, and only just dragged it back out of mothballs. A quick read of the 200 odd pages, making corrections where needed, I thought it held together quite well.
So, I sat down and read it again, and by the end, was surprised I had the temerity to sent it to my editor in such a state.
What sometimes happens when working on a book over a period of time, is that unless you read what you’ve amended from start to finish again, and not accept that its fixed after that fixing that last chapter, you’re going to be in trouble.
And, yes, I’m in trouble.
So, I’ve had to go back to square one and draw up a continuity plan and then start filling in the gaps, and sowing proper seeds that grow into plot lines later.
Now two thirds of the way through and a 64 page notebook full of notes to keep the story flowing correctly, the book has grown to 436 pages and is likely to be longer by the end of the process.
And I can see it now. New editor terse note to me. The book is too long. Cut, cut, cut.
Pity this wasn’t a movie. Cutting is so much easier.
Enough with the complaining. Its time to get back to work.