I’ve successfully completed the National Novel Writing Month challenge–to write 50,000 words during the month of November–for three years running, and now I have three draft novels sitting around. At some point, racking up mere drafts gets to be pathetic, so this November I’m picking one to dig into with a heavy editing pass. I’m stocked up on red pens and ready to go, and maybe a third of the way through at this moment. Other writing efforts, like say this blog, get back-burnered for a few weeks.
The key to editing long works, by the way, is momentum. If you get stuck in one place, you quickly get burned out on it, like melting celluloid in an old-skool movie projector. Onward. -m