I’ve completed my final read-through. Out-loud, which brings up lots of minor amendments. There have also been a couple of chapter re-writes which I’ve stitched together as I’ve gone along. The novel has lost a couple of thousand words – no bad thing.
When I teach time management, we talk about having a done list. Instead of getting hung up on the things left to do, you celebrate those you have completed. My done list feels huge: twelfth draft (after a couple more tweaks); new character written-in and thriving; lots of new writing that I’m proud of.
Is it completely, the best novel I could ever have produced? No, probably not. But, I’m proud of it and it feels ready to go back to the editor. Which is quite something.