Scaling a mountain: editing a novel

Allison Tait blog
Posted on February 7, 2012

I’ve been working on the edits for my novel. Slowly going through, moving a mass of words around. Putting all that thinking into action. And you know what? It feels pretty good. Now that I’ve actually started, I’m remembering that I was the person who wrote the book in the first place. Of course I can make changes to make it better!

I’m about 100 pages in at the moment. Still in the foothills, with an enormous climb ahead of me. The big changes are still ahead, waiting, looming, but my travels through the foothills are helping me to set up a good base for when that moment arrives.

I think it’s going to be okay. At least until I find myself hanging out over a precipice with no safety net and nothing between me and a very thin plot line (not that this will happen, of course… no way).

Starting really is the best cure for fear. You can’t focus on the anxiety while you’re trying to flesh out a character or build a setting.

All will be well. Just as long as I keep climbing – and don’t look down.


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  1. Rhonda

    Do you know if I can get your books in the states? Perhaps I just need to send the money to one of my Aussie ladies and have them forward the book to me! Anyone?

  2. Anna @ green tea n toast

    I can only imagine what a tough job it is going through it all. Especially for a full-blown novel. WIshing you lots of luck for your journey up the mountain. You’ll get there soon I’m sure.

  3. River

    Don’t look down. Don’t look down. Don’t look down. Keep your eye on the goal.

  4. Emily

    Best of luck! Can’t wait to read it.

  5. MummyK

    Your honest words keep me going with my own things 🙂

  6. Lady Jewels Diva®

    Edits aren’t that bad. I’m currently going through my first written novel but third to be published, and I do it every Sunday. I know I can sit down, no interruptions and get through the whole thing.

    At least you got picked up by a publisher, but by self pubbing, like me and so many others who are told our novels are great but they don’t have the space to fit it into their schedule, we get more of the profits and the knowledge we did it all ourselves.

  7. 1000 Homes of Happiness

    Sounds wonderful Al, I love a climb and the feeling of being on the precipice…thats when you are reminded you are really living.

    I’m popping over and take a peek at Career Mums now.

  8. Lipgloss Mumma

    Oh God! If only I could finish to get to the revision stage!!

    Good luck with it Al (not that you need it) 🙂

  9. Mum on the Run

    The toughest part is getting moving – once you’ve put one foot in front of the other, momentum kicks in. When that fades, the finish line jumps up.
    I’m in awe too.

  10. Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups

    You are just amazing, I am so in awe of you as I would LOVE to write a book, but I have NO idea where to start, including what to write about lol xx

  11. Life In A Pink Fibro

    Jane is very cute. Thank you for making my night. Send me your address and I will pop something in the post for you. 🙂 And now I am thinking of nothing but men in cycling shorts. If Cadel can do it, on his own, chasing down the Schleck brothers then, dammit, so can I!

  12. MultipleMum

    Think of those gorgeous men in lycra in the Alps on the Tour. If they can climb mountains, so can you Al. I can not wait to read it! x

    PS How cute is Jane? You are a celebrity!

  13. Allison Rushby

    Revisions suck. But having done revisions is AWESOME! Keep going and they’ll be done in no time. It really is starting that’s the hardest bit and I find making a very detailed list of how you’re going to attack those revisions helps a lot. Otherwise it all just looks to be too much. Good luck!

  14. Jane

    Oh Al. You’re such an inspiration. I bought ‘Career Mums’ last week and can’t wait to read it. I was wondering if I could possibly get you to send me a little card with your signature that I could stick inside it – what do you think? J x

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