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Post Submission Edits - Corinne O'Flynn
January 14, 2011

After toiling and wrangling to get the first draft completed (which I must say was a rather drawn out process between real life working, family, and just general procrastination) the edits and revisions could finally begin.

It wasn’t pretty.

Chapters were slashed, a single character grew another head and became two people.  People lost their old names and had to get used to new ones.  Then there was one guy who was totally erased into nothingness.  There was the awkward re-species-ing of an animal, too.  But she took one for the team and we were all better for it.

For me it took a ten months and six drafts before I felt my manuscript was in the place it needed to be.  I put it down and let it ferment for about a month before picking it up again.  Beta readers dug in.  Revisions were made for continuity and clarity, typos were fixed.  Then near the end of the 12th month I gave it another close look and called her done.

Submissions were sent, with glee!  And it was almost exactly at that point when the first awesome story change idea came to me.

Seriously?  What a royal cosmic screw.

Has this ever happened to you?  Do you continue editing to your heart’s content or do you wait to hear back from the submissions?  Full disclosure: one of the submissions is a full ms that is going to yield a critique as a result of a contest I had won.

So, I am working on my new ms instead.  But the other one is calling to be like a banshee keening in the wind.

About the Author Corinne

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