Just over a week ago I was feeling elated about having written 80,000 words of my current WIP. Now reality dawns. I need to get into this, for me, new arena called editing.
With the school holidays underway and a very bouncy eight year old demanding amusement, my writing time will be limited for the next seven and a half weeks, but I am hoping that this might focus my mind. We always have this strange settling down phase where we both adjust to no alarm and externally imposed structure, but then we begin to enjoy our adventures and relaxation.
So the plan from here for the book is:-
1. Map out the story line including the passage of time and the seasons.
2. Ensure flashbacks and clues for the mystery are inserted at the right points
3. Closely examine each chapter to eliminate repeated words, phrases and clichés.
4. Re-write passages of “telling”.
5. Ensure that the correct point of view is maintained through scenes.
6. Flesh out my characters and ensure descriptive continuity throughout the manuscript.
7. Upload the “finished” version to my newly acquired Kindle for a thorough read through aloud.
Sounds simple! However, a new beginning for the story occurred to me yesterday and although this means a rewrite of the first couple of chapters, I think it is worth pursuing as it introduces the story in a more original way. This needs to be completed before step 1.
Maisey Yates was blogging yesterday about her process of writing http://www.maiseyyates.com/2011/07/17/no-sir-i-dont-like-it/ and about how many cookies she gets through when writing a book. Mmm…..I wonder how much editing chocolate I will consume?
Any editing steps I’ve missed or tips welcome below please.