How many times should you go over your work before it’s ready for the market? Once, twice – what? I’ve been writing and rewriting Delaney’s Hope for four years now. It is my next novel, the story of a man who’s collected a comfortable salary from the prison system and done little in return, except show up for work everyday. His brother’s death starts him thinking about what he’s doing with his life.
I don’t want people to say things like, “Hell, he probably wrote that once and never looked at it again.” No, not so. I’m on chapter 27 of 32 chapters. When I finished these last five chapters, I’ll read through the whole thing again to catch any errors.
I started writing this book four years ago. I’ve edited and edited and edited. In the meantime another book has been published and another one has started.
I want people to be happy with my book. I want them to say it was a page turner. That means I have to work very hard on it. “Easy reading is damned hard writing” is how Nathaniel Hawthorne put it.
And you? How many times do you edit your work?