I reserve the right to make changes to the very end, but there comes a time when I have to stop thinking I can fix it later. Each change I make has to be good enough before I move on to the next change. It has to be able to pass what my publisher calls "the clean edit" test.
If this book was published, would I be proud of it? Could I stand behind the writing?
The closer I am to a final copy with my first draft, the more likely that book is to be published. So my Vampire Trilogy were published first because they were most-of-the-way-there from the start. Led to the Slaughter required fleshing out, but I didn't really mess with the story that much.
It isn't that the unfinished books aren't as good, but it just makes more sense to finish what I can when I can.
Anyway, I will sometimes write scenes that I know will have to be fixed later. But for the sake of momentum and continuity, and because, well, it's a rule of mine, I keep going until I finish the book.
Often, I'll forget a detail, a name or a location or a description, but rather than go back and look for it, I'll just keep going.
Fix it later.
I'm now at the point where there is no fixing it later. Each change I make has to stand. It has to be good enough for the final book.
No fixing it later.
5 days ago