This week finds us in the final editing phase of my soon to be released novel, The Scars Between us. We are doing the final read through after which time it will go out to the proofers for a new set of eyes to look for any inconsistencies. After that time it will be whisked off to my publisher for him to work his magic.
During the last few weeks it has been amazing to see the story really come to life. My editor ordered me to make some changes in order to have the story flow better. Re-writing is never easy but when she says hey you need to flesh this out a bit or have more conversation here I tend to listen to her. I assure you the end product is well worth the added effort and will be worth the wait for you the reader.
I have spent the last couple of days reading through it and should be finished by Friday Afternoon. I know some of you are questioning what is taking so long as I hear time and time again how many of you can read through a book in a single day. I agree when you put your mind to a task it is easy to do that, but in this phase of the editing process it is very important to take things slow as you are looking for problems. You are looking to make sure the story flows, that the names are spelled right from one chapter to the next. It would not look good if Sylvia suddenly became Silvia or if Anthony is mistakenly referred to as Joseph.
During this time I also get to see the full range of how the story is flowing and suddenly realized that things in my private life are running parallel to something going on in the story.
Without giving too much away Elizabeth, the main character in the book, keeps hearing references to the name Dolly. To find out the significance of this you will need to read the book. Anyway this afternoon I was listening to Christmas music and every time I turned the channel it seemed as though there was a Dolly Pardon Christmas song on. Now I love Dolly but I don’t think she is as current as she once was so I find it very coincidental that she kept visiting me today. In my novel Elizabeth is looking for a sign. Something telling her that everything is going to be okay.
I have heard Dolly so much today that I started wondering if maybe Dolly is giving me a sign of my own. Dolly has had to contend with a lot in her life. She has had a lot of people who have not approved of her for one reason or another yet she is still here and still doing what it is she loves to do.
Could it be she is telling me to stay the course? That no matter what life throws at me I can overcome it? I got the pleasure of seeing Dolly in concert many years ago. I loved her then and I love her now. She has always done things her way and not caved in to popular opinion. Maybe it is mere coincidence. Maybe it is truly a sign just like in my book. All I know is the lady has what it takes to survive and if she wants to lead the way I am more than happy to follow!