Things I Have Learned About Editing - Part One
Yesterday I finished my first round of edits! Hooray!
Editing has been an interesting experience, and as I'm not finished yet, I figured I'd best title this as "Part One" because who knows what other lessons I've got to learn.
Lots of my early pages look like this:
|Rubbish quality, but the sea of RED stands out!|
So, here's what I currently know about editing:
- It's really exciting!
- There are parts of my manuscript so unbelievably awful, I doubt it'll ever be good enough.
- BUT! Knowing I can fix those mistakes and make everything awesome feels great.
- Editing reveals plot holes. I had two. Throw me a rope!
- Editing is hard, time-consuming work. I have one page out of 269 with no edits. ONE! And technically it doesn't count 'cause it's the last page and it only has 8 lines.
- You start uncovering lots of your really bad habits. My characters turn around so much they'd get whiplash.
- One read through won't be enough.
- Cutting out lots of words was very easy...
- ...but I've got a lot to put in too.
- The opening line is very hard to get right. I'm still working on it.
- Using colours to separate types of edits helps my eyes pick up on everything.
- Taking breaks is essential. Too tired to carry on? Stop and pick it up another time.
How do you find editing? Please share your stories and any advice!