I have been rewriting and polishing my decade old novelette series in a never-ending loop of late. Maybe the stories will one day be submitted to a publisher but for now my love-children are my own. I don’t feel ready to share.
The process has been enjoyable due to that love of my characters. I have improved their story arc, making their relationships less perfect, their natures less passive and more realistic.
Believe me when I say it’s more fun writing epic arguments than having them. And still the prose tightens.
It amazes me how many passes I have made and still find extraneous words: almost, seeming, now, about. A few pesky adverbs even turn up now and then. ‘Extremely aggressive’ is overkill, the word aggressive quite adequate describing a disease. Don’t you agree?
Do you have any current projects undertaken for the pure purpose of self improvement and pleasure? I’d like to hear about them.
I’m off now, having started rereading book twelve.