This is an interesting process. I didn’t really pay attention the first few times I edited an MS; it was kind of a halfassed, oh-look-I-forgot-a-character sort of process. I made lists, and read for specific things, thinking I’d be too overwhelmed to do all of it at once. I probably wasn’t wrong about that, but the good thing about having written other novels is you learn how to write them without screwing up too egregiously the next time - or at least, your truly egregious screwups are generally new territory instead of previously blazed trail.
Kind of scary, that I can look at this as a good thing.
But it is. I think it means I’m getting better at this. The notes here are all about flow and clarity (and the occasional, inevitable and incredibly stupid spelling mistake. I don’t know why it’s vs. its is such a hard concept for me: I know the difference, but my subconscious always wants to reverse them) instead of plot holes and continuity and the usual embarrassing wait-I-killed-him-three-chapters-back thing that has to happen at least once per book. I’d like to think this means I’ve improved enough to catch this stuff while I’m typing it in for the first time (I am a compulsive edit-as-I-go writer), though the cynic in me is waiting for the other shoe closet to drop.
But look! My desk is semi-neat. Which either means I’ve lost my momentum or I’m getting organized. Odds are even which.