I finished the 7th draft of Jumpstart last night and at times it was like pulling my fingernails out. There were times when I was taking an hour to do a single A4 page 😦 The previous draft was a lot easier and I thought I was nearing the end of the process. But this one just shows that there was a lot of mistakes to fix.
It makes me think that maybe I haven’t improved as much as I thought when it comes to writing/editing. I mean it’s been five years since I first completed my Feet or Fins manuscript and three since I managed to put it out there. That book took fourteen edits before it was ready and in the time since, I’ve written so much. I should have leveled up by now.
But maybe I am leveling up and I can just see more errors? Hopefully, when I come back to the next edit, it’ll be better 🙂
I think I’m pretty decent, I have, I am and I do manage to write draft after draft and I have enough of a critical eye that when I look back on my work I can see what needs to change. However, I also know I’ve been in situations where I have overestimated my skill level and have been disappointed during a draft.
But I also know that I’m not like other writers. I won a few creative writing awards as a child, but not as an adult. I’m going to self-publishing route, not the traditional one. Both have their own journeys and skill sets.