Isn't it funny how suitable things fall together? I'm starting to write/edit and today is my 200th post! Exciting hey?
Don't know which is more exciting, but for the purposes of today, we'll say it's the bit about writing/editing.
So yeah... Yesterday I couldn't stand the wait, so I took the day off and gave me a crash course on editing. The book I read, while informative, wasn't exactly the most applicable to creative writing, making me think of a gap in the market. Any takers?
Still, I'm about halfway through and picked up quite a few things. Main one being, how edits are supposed to work.
It also gave me an idea as to a strategy for the Doorways edits.
The book (Rewrite Right by Jan Venolia) talks about two stages in editing. I'm thinking there should be three for creative writers.
First, there should be a stage for the storyline. I have strings to stretch back or pull to the end. I have scenes requiring more depth. Emotions that need to be carried further, or not quite as far. That sort of stuff. I guess that's the revisions always referred to.
Second, we have to improve content. Refine what's been written.
Third, copy editing or correcting language issues.
Each one should be done separately, so that will be three rounds of edits.
As I finish chapters, I'll let other people read them and point out whatever I've missed. When I'm done with round three, I'll repeat, using the crit partner opinions.
After another three (hopefully shorter) rounds, I'll do the print-out and hand read. Likely another two rounds.
Finally, I'll be handing over to beta readers and polishing my WiP.
Hopefully after about 15 editing rounds, my book should be in a shape to send off into the big, wide world.
So that's the plan for now. It's likely to change as I work, but I felt a little better knowing that I have a strategy.
Anyone have any tips for me? This is new waters for me, so any advice will be most appreciated.