I can’t not mention my new release! It’s officialy out today. Please stop by the blog tour every day for some entertaining interviews and excerpts!
Now on to today’s post.
This post might be somewhat of a benefit for those that did NaNoWrimo.
When you have a manuscript that is written, what do you do next? I have a manuscript that I wrote and it was accepted for publication; that’s a good sign right? Well not really. The publisher is no longer around, which is why the story never saw the light of day. The story was written for a specific niche and has a lot of tell not enough show. The editing process was going to be brutal.
I found a new purpose for this story. I think it would fit somewhere new, but I have to do a lot of rewriting though. I need to fix the issues I know it has. It’s scary. What should I do. Edit the story as it is? Or start over from scratch? I think the obvious is, why reinvent the wheel. I sometimes get too caught up in the current words to do a good rewrite. This is where I need to stop and remind myself that editing is simply that. Rewriting, fixing, and adding to the existing manuscript. As long as you are keeping the bones of the story, the first round of editing should be less daunting.
My next hurdle is how to keep myself streamlined. Does anyone else have ideas somewhere on page fifty and realize they need to go back to page three or worse, page one hundred, to fix a few details? That’s where I start to get side tracked. I am starting a notebook of these problems. Making a general statement of where I think something will need to be added or changed. The best idea of all is to turn on tracked changes and add comments. Editors use track changes all the time these days. Thank you technology! Granted I still have a love affair with sticky notes.
Really I am all ears. What is your editing style on a finished manuscript or a first draft? After you get the first rewrite or edit out of the way, the next round of edits don’t seem nearly as daunting, at least I don’t think. It’s getting through that initial edit or the first complete rewrite.
Happy Monday and happy editing!