Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What I Should Have Done

Editing and revisions. Oh how I wish I knew then what I know now. Things would have gone smoother. Less caffeine induced comas, I'd have more of my hair and fewer sleepless nights.

This is what I will not do the next time I reach the wonderful 'The End' of a first draft.
  • Print it out to 'really see how long it is'.
  • Scribble all over it in red pen doing a line edit. (Yes, I did that. On my first novel, ever. Bad idea.)
  • Proclaim to the world that I've finished the first draft, caring family will ask to read it. You'll freak and realize it's not worthy.
  • Tell yourself you'll write those missing scenes later. (That's why I still had a missing scene in my third draft.)
This is the method I think will work for me:
  • Do take a break. At least stand up and stretch. 5 minutes or 5 days, I don't care. Take a break.
  • Read through. (Not sure on this one, might skip. We'll see.)
  • Break out the boards! (Also known as grids and post-its) You know you've been looking forward to this!
  • Fill and fix any plot holes/problems the boards show you. (You're allowed to fix grammar etc. errors as you go.)
  • Read through. (No skipping!) Take notes on any problems, etc.
  • Line-edit. Also time to send to a macro reader. Micro reader gets it after you finished your micro edit. (Might want to actually have crit partners by this point. Might be helpful ya know.)
  • Make any necessary changes. Repeat as needed.
  • Read through again while writing queries.
  • Queries away! (No stalling, get it out there!
We'll see how it goes. I have to finish the first draft, first of course. :D


  1. Too logical for me. I tend to just write and then go back and correct it all.

    Good list though.

  2. Yeah. My brain loves the logic. Until it overloads and says screw it.