So . . . I am about 70% of the way through the first edit of my novel. And I am noticing that the next several chapters? Dudes, they suck. Not like a straw, or even a vacuum cleaner, but like a vast vortex of doom which annihilates all with its irresistible powers of sucktitude (that is totally a word).
Don’t get me wrong, I still love my novel. It’s just clear to me that I lost my grip during the last week of NaNoWriMo. It’s okay; I’m dealing with it. Rewriting is happening. I am determined to get through it, so I can start on the next editing pass.
Looking ahead, I can see that the final 10% of the novel is all right–that is, it’s exactly what a first draft should be, and will need much work, but not, perhaps, to be completely rewritten. I hope.
Writing Buddy Laura is experiencing the same thing. She says she experienced it when editing her first novel too–the 70 to 90% section was the worst.
I’m calling it the 70 to 90 zone. I’m wondering if other writers experience this? Or if Writing Buddy Laura and I are just our own little writing borg? (We still haven’t settled which of us is 1 of 2, and which of us is 2 of 2. It’s quite the conundrum.)
So, my friends who have written and edited multiple works: is the 70 to 90 zone always a place of dread? Or is it just me and Laura?