I am working on (what I hope is) my final draft of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, before I submit my manuscript to prospective agents.
I created a checklist to assist me in my final draft process, and I added a caution about verb tenses to it. But I am my own worst task master, and I didn’t stop with my critiquers’ advise. I added a dizzying array of items for measurement against my own critical yardstick: pithiness, character thrust, appropriate use of italics versus quotes, show don’t tell, page turners, consistent plot threads, and POV, while keeping an eye on a catchy sales pitch (query letter). Help!
I’ve experienced a lot of what I consider “spinning my wheels” over the past three years, but in the process I am learning! I believe each day I am a little better at what I am doing than I was the day before.
My advice to anyone who aspires to writing a novel: write on!