While I'm fine tuning the second in The Kundigerin series, I thought I'd share with you some of my stumbling blocks.
I run through a checklist my editor gave me before I send it to her. I'm excited to see the progress I've made during my writing journey, noting that I don't make as many writing errors as I used to. Just as I started patting myself on the back, I went in search of the word "saw." There are places it belongs in a manuscript, but I don't want to tell you how many times I told what the character saw rather than showed what the character saw. This distances the point of view, and even knowing to watch for it, I used "saw" way too many times during the course of the story.
She saw the beach below.
Below, the brilliant blue of the sea met a strip of beach.
See the difference? Yep. Me, too.
Maybe some day I'll see all these mistakes on the first draft. Maybe. Not holding my breath.
That's why I do a final run-through at the end to check for all the things I know I should have done, to make sure I actually did them.