Yesterday morning, Jummers was whining about how he wanted to do something FUN. And since I only exist so that my children can have FUN, I made him a deal. "If you let Mommy finish her book, we can go get something yummy at the bakery."
I had a few small scenes left so I thought it was completely reasonable. I don't get much writing done with my kids awake, but I. was. so. close. And Jummers was agreeable. However, his little sister was not. And really, those last few scenes took much longer than I thought they would...so on the very cusp of finishing we went and "celebrated" early because my son's patience was wearing very thin and Little had permanently hung herself on my arm.
So when Jummers had a football cupcake and about 200 grams of sugar inside of him and during Little's nap, I finished in the afternoon, and even though my book still needs a lot of work...I'm proud of it. This first draft is much better than my first book's first draft. It was more planned and plotted and therefore is more cohesive, yet it felt very spontaneous. I never really knew for sure what my main character would say (who has had a name change from Bonnie to Annie by the way...long story). And I like her.
So a couple weeks off then I'm going to edit this beast before I send it to my betas. My first book needed a completely-from-scratch rewrite, and this book does not. Which is a relief. A don't-look-back-at-your-first-draft-because-it's-too-awful-while-rewriting is a daunting task.
Now, I was thinking I've never really set out to edit my own book. I've edited other's books, I've done continual editing of pieces of my work, but not my own book in one whole chunk. I have some ideas how I'm going to proceed, but I'd love to know your editing methods:)