For those of you listening, I have some positive news about the progress on rewriting my memoir. I’m almost there!
Today I’m working on the very last chapter. I can’t fucking believe it. It’s been such a long time coming. I feel pretty good. That is, for now. Until someone rains on my parade? No. I’m going to be okay this time.
I won’t just be writing the last chapter today. I’ll be finished with it, too. Not to give anything away, but this one is short, and I’ve already written the ending. I don’t believe that’s any sort of spoiler, if there could be any.
Once I finish the chapter, just a few more steps need to happen. But don’t worry, they won’t take too long. One good thing I’ve had going is that I’ve had someone editing the work, chapter by chapter as I’ve been writing. It’s been so helpful, especially since I didn’t have to pay this person. I don’t have to wait an additional four months after I’ve written it, as she is always just a couple of chapters behind me. The perfect set up.
The next step is a word sweep. I have a list of common words I habitually use. It bothers me more than the reader. I have to either erase them, or force myself to start thinking differently. Like, use my brain!? Amazing, very , really, and actually are the biggest culprits. Other ones are a lot more challenging, and might not seem as obvious, or in need of change, but they are: even, was, just and that.
After the sweep is complete, I’ll do the final read-through. I’d planned on waiting a week before I started this, but, instead, I’m having the book read aloud to me. I think this will be good. I’ll follow along the bouncing ball, correct, listen for how it reads and flows, and see what I think. It’s already been edited and gone through with one of them super fine comb-type things. This will have to be the absolutely late time I go through it. I don’t want to start hating it.
Next, I’ll do all the formatting. No reading needed. I have to format it for Kindle, PDFs, and for standard agency/publishers’ submissions.
The book, then, will be done, and I can put a pin in it, as they say. My life will be my own again.
Amazingly enough, I plan to have all of this done well before June 1st.
At that point, I will be shopping it to agencies.
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.