12/6: It’s day two of the first round of edits. This is where I print off the manuscript and make it bleed red. Some of the markups are trivial typos. Whereas others entirely transform a page, adding and subtracting lines. Sometimes entire paragraphs.

I really enjoy this stage. The work is still continuing to take shape and transform. It’s by the third round of edits when you can no longer tell whether you’re making something sound better or just different, that things really start to get tedious.