First, there’s the thrill of being done. Accomplishing anything we set out to do always gets a gold star. And then there’s the chance to look over the finished product for the first time. Until it’s complete, it’s hard to see the whole picture. It’s a good feeling to look at the first draft for all its successes and all its flaws. Flaws are easily mended and successes are a boost to the muses’ egos.
One of the benefits of an outline and character sketches is being able to compare once the first draft is finished. Did we hit the mark? Did we lose focus or bury the lede? Our groundwork is based on what we know has been well-received in the past, so it’s important to remain faithful to our original intent.
And then there’s the first round of edits. Anah usually gets first crack at a story because she’s far better at the big picture than the fiddly details. She’s merciless when it comes to hacking and slashing at anything that doesn’t serve the original purpose of the story. Dianne gets the story next. She makes sure that Anah didn’t get over-enthusiastic and checks for everything from grammar to internal consistency.
All that’s left after passing it back and forth a few times to approve changes and correct errors is to let the story go. This can be one of the hardest parts of the process. It means waiting to hear back from an editor as to whether or not we achieved our purpose: an exciting and romantic glimpse into the lives of lovers in the far future.
Now, we wait to hear the verdict from our editors for this anthology. And you have to wait, too, until the Infinite Anthology comes out with our story and many more from the other bloggers here at Contact: Infinite Futures. When it does, we look forward to hearing from you, too.
Anah Crow and Dianne Fox write sci-fi, paranormal, and contemporary queer romance for Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and Amber Allure. They’ve been writing together for more than 10 years. You can find them on the web at anahcrowdiannefox.com and on Twitter at @anahcrow and @diannefox.