Yesterday I printed chapters 1, 2 and 3 of my novel. Being lazy and a procrastinator by nature, I only began editing chapter 1 today. And boy is it fun. I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off for the past few days. I’m finding it quite fun to strike words out with a red pen and add new words with the same pen.
Today I’ve only edited a few pages, 3 to be exact, and I printed chapters 4 and 5 (in dark blue ink because there’s almost no black ink left) but I have a feeling I’m going to editing a lot more from now on.
If you want to edit in one go, use Holly Lisle’s one-pass revision: http://hollylisle.com/fm/Workshops/one-pass-revision.html. If not, well here’s how I’m doing it:
How I’m Editing
- Spellcheck with http://www.spellcheck.net a very useful, simple site IMO.
- Then I use this site: http://www.deepgenre.com/wordpress/admin/craft/line-editing/
- At this stage it’s small things: Can I say this with less words? Can I make this sentence clearer? Are these words useful? I should add a description here, shouldn’t I? And a scene with her sister here. This doesn’t sound right. Is this the right word?
- Consequences and continuity: Did character’s hand swell up after he/she punched someone? Did he/she lose his/her bag then have it again, without looking for it? Did character have no mention of a brother in one chapter and then poof! brother?
- I toss my manuscript to N like meat to a wolf and pray for the best. N is a friend who likes editing. (Huh. Just found this site that I might use for this stage: http://etherpad.com/)
- This stage I focus on:
- dialogue: http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/48
- characters: http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/47
- Everything else [I’m too cold, lazy and hungry to continue so I’m gonna shower and eat. I’ll come back later or tomorrow to add more.]
This http://letthewordsflow.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/the-process-of-making-a-book/ is very useful. It explains what happens after you’ve written your book.
Other good websites: