The best I can do.
That’s the aim I have for everything, but especially for writing. My goal is not to be greater than J.K. Rowling, or Stephen King, or any other great writer. But to give it my all, whatever that might look like at any given moment of my writing career. Of course, I hope that one day my best is better than average, but I can only do what I can.
That’s where I feel I’ve gotten with The Price of Pandemonium recently. I have gone over and over and over the manuscript, being sometimes excruciatingly honest with myself. The hardest has been when I find an entire scene that needs to be rewritten, or a section of poorly written dialogue. Those are the pieces that I’ve let slip by on occasion, subconsciously putting it in the ‘too hard’ basket.
This time, I was ruthless.
I patched up our manuscript, noting every time I let out an internal groan of dismay. These parts I focused on most, reworking the passages until I felt excited with the results. The final manuscript (though I don’t doubt it is still far from perfect) is much better than what it was. So, I’ve passed over the reins to let Ashley have a final read and tinker before we send it to our editor. We’re both looking forward to the day when it is ready to be published!