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Progress Post: Edit No. 4

I'm feeling overwhelmed. When I think I am ready to move on to the next step, I am not. I started to read my manuscript out loud to my fiance, and it sounded kind of long and boring. He had questions, which was good. It meant he was really listening to me.

I need it to be more engaging in this first chapter. There is even a back story on a character I am thinking about scrapping because I do not know whether it hinders the story or adds to it. What I thought was an interesting way to open the book up, may not be as impressive as I thought.

He loves the dialogue, some of it. I tweaked it more today. I wrote a script once in film school and it forever changed my writing style. I like lean and to the point, with colorful dialogue. It's hard for me these days to say what I want you to see or feel.

I have literally spent an entire day only editing 5 pages of Chapter 1 alone. I am seriously considering thinking about cutting out the Prologue. This is why I don't do deadlines and why I have never released a novel yet. I am overly critical and I want it to be perfect.

The reader deserves it to be perfect.

The book is good, this I know. It's just this damn opening, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 that is bugging me. I am trying to do my own developmental editing, because I just can't afford to spend $1,400 on editing, especially when I'm not sure I even like the content. My word count is dropping and I expect it to drop more. I really may nix the Prologue and Chapter 2.

Reading it out loud has really helped me get on some type of track. This editing shit is driving me bonkers, though 😨😭

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