As some of you know, I am in the midst of my first full-length novel, “Searching for Katherine.” Well, here’s the scoop – I’ve finished writing it!
*runs around the room screaming with excitement*
However, now comes the hard part – EDITING!
*hides in the corner and cries*
In my situation, I have to take out the boring narrative and add more interesting parts in. I’m currently on about 30,000 words and have decided to use a seven-step drafting process:
- Draft 1: Read through, make basic notes and then change.
- Draft 2: Read all the way through and note small issues.
- Draft 3: Flow – does the story flow? Is there a clear beginning, middle and end?
- Draft 4: Dialogue and narrative/description corrections.
- Draft 5: Plot holes, fact-checking, etc.
- Draft 6: Does it fit the themes?
- Draft 7: Grammar check and a final read through.
After your own personal drafting, you then should hand your manuscript over to proof-readers, three’s the magic number (preferably with different ages and reading tastes.) Then you cry as they repeatedly comment on your lack of plot and time lapsing.
I hope this helps, but in all honesty: you will develop your own screening process for your work.
TIP: Don’t edit straight way – you’ve literally just finished writing it. Give yourself a few days grace, write some silly stories and watch loads of movies. Chill out! Then, in a few days, a week or even a few months, come back to your manuscript and start drafting.
I wish you luck with your novels, as I hope you wish me luck with mine!