Editing (Again!)

So, I finished WIP #1 (YA Fantasy) a couple of months ago, and began querying. Got some requests and a bunch of rejects/no responses, and worked on WIP #2 all the while thinking of the problems with WIP #1, and how I could make it better.

You’re not supposed to query a story until it is absolutely ready. Does that ever actually happen?

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I had a bit of an epiphany, and decided to stop querying and work on WIP #1 again…which of course turned into a major revision, re-writing a lot of the book, and morphing the entire story from a single tale to a single tale with the potential for a series. And now, I’ve finished the revisions! I’m back to editing. It is such a relief to get to this stage, though it can be such a bother, too. There are still some spots that are fine, but which I want to make great. There is still definitely work to do, but the story is much stronger now, and I am very happy with the way it is shaping up!

Now if only I hadn’t queried so many agents before making the revisions!

But alas, that’s the way of the writer. For me, anyways. Sometimes it takes great distance from a work to truly see its flaws, and understand the potential for something better.

So that’s what I’ve been up to! I’m excited to get this edited and polished, so that I can go back to the nice slow pace I’ve set for WIP #2. I’ve neglected it for too long, and I want to explore its world again!

4 Responses so far.

  1. cleemckenzie says:
    Like anything, a little distance gives us a new and fresh look. Good luck when you reenter your WIP.
  2. E.D. says:
    After two years of re-working and editing my WiP – YES! The time comes when it is ready for submission (or at least as ready as it every will be).
  3. Mere Joyce says:
    For sure…sometimes a little distance is all we need to see the big picture, =)
  4. Mere Joyce says:
    Haha, I am glad to here it! And good luck with your own WIP!