I’ve not blogged much recently as I’ve really dived into editing. It’s my first edit and those of you who read my previous blog may remember that I’d had a tough start. I spent a lot of time analysing each line;
•Was it rubbish?
•Did it convey meaning to the reader?
•Did it add to the story?
•Did it entertain?
I can tell you – it is exhausting to go about your initial edit that way. So I stopped, I started taking a paragraph at a time instead, sometimes a page, I still applied those questions but I didn’t beat myself up if I thought it could be better. Instead I added, refined and re-read. Sometimes I was happy enough to move on, other times I knew a part wasn’t quite good enough but wasn’t sure what to do about it. In those cases I moved on. If I get as much polished as possible, I can pick up the rest of the rougher bits in the second edit – my thoughts are that they will stand out more when the rest is polished and it should be a bit easier to improve.
This initial edit has been done on screen, I figured that the first edit may include a large amount of added text, cutting / pasting and error correction so would be quicker / easier to do it this way. I still have the last quarter of my novel to complete and then I’m going to do a hardcopy 2nd edit. As the story should have taken shape after edit #1, I want to hold it and read it like a book (of course my red pen will be in hand) and get more of a reader’s POV.
The final thing I want to share is (to me) quite exciting! I’ve booked a manuscript critique for the end of next month so I’ve got an actual deadline – a godsend to me! Firstly I work well to deadlines and secondly – if I know someone will be reading my work I will make sure it’s the best I can do!