In the sewer of revision, sometimes the light of publication seems very very far away, and half-imagined. Knee-deep in adjectives, adverbs, and plotholes is a hard place to be, and I've been here... oh, about three months. Give or take a bajillion years.
I love it.
Here's what I have left to do (that I know of, so far):
Cut a major character.
Take another two characters and switch up their traits.
Elaborate on military stuff (If I know so little about it that I have to call it 'stuff,' clarification will not be easy.)
Put much more emphasis on a certain sideplot.
Clarify the magic in the story
At some point, write a synopsis.
I've been writing this story for a year and a half, and it's only now just starting to come together. So why do I love it? Because now when I re-write, I get this feeling of, "Yeah, that's.... right." Things that have bothered me for the past year are falling into place. And I'm wondering, is this the final revise? I mean, obviously I'll have to edit the scenes I'm completely rewriting, but it this the feeling? I don't need it to be, but I'm wondering....
Anyone who's finished writing/editing a book: Was there a particular feeling that came during the final revision? When did you know the story was ready for querying?
And is there anything more I'm forgetting?