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Adventures in Editing: Update 11

My weekly, Friday update....

I'm back! I had a great time on my trip to Texas, and enjoyed spending time with my sisters. The kids loved watching the fireworks, and I enjoyed my pina coladas very much ;-)

I had planned that I wasn't going to get much done while in Texas. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to do quite a bit of editing on the trip. Hip, hip, hooray!

So, let's take a look at what I accomplished.

1. Goal: Complete Draft 3

Result: I did it! I went through and cleaned up the rest of Draft 3, and am now, officially, on Draft 4.

2. Goal: Create Camp NaNoWriMo Goals

Result: Done here too! So I took a hard look at my month and realized I was only going to have 16 "working" days. So my NaNoWriMo month turned into 2 weeks to get my edits done for Draft 4. Now, part of the reason why it's only 16 days is because I added a tone of "buffer" days to help ensure my success and reduce my stress. So, hopefully, by giving myself tons of buffer days, I'll keep from burning out.

After figuring out how many working days I had, I did the math and came down to a goal of editing 14 pages per day.

3. Bonus Goal: Start Editing!

Result: Because I was going to be on vacation most of this week, I blocked this entire week and this coming weekend as part of my buffer days. I managed, however, to begin editing while in Texas, which was a huge win! So, as of today, I'm 2 days ahead of schedule on my editing goal, which is super exciting.

The Plan: Alrighty, now to develop the plan. For this next week, I have 6 working days. The goal is to edit 14 pages each day, giving me a grand total of 84 pages to edit. That's actually a ton of work. One thing I discovered on that plane ride was that it takes me 2-3 hours just to edit 1-2 pages. Editing word choices and correcting things like tense is slow work. I've been on a roll, however, so I'm confident I'm going to nail this.

That's all from me today! Have a great week and don't forget to keep turning the page!

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