The first edit of those chapters is done, and I’m very pleased. This is actually two landmarks in one and both of them went swimmingly.
The first was the actual editing itself. Though I didn’t clip much length off of any of it, what I changed those words to mattered. It’s really gratifying to see this world that I’ve been creating off and on for three years now come to fruition. I was concerned that there would be wholesale mistakes and global changes to be made. I did change a lot (A LOT), but the path or the thread of the story stayed the same. I just changed the words that described that path.
And the second landmark was the checklist I came up with. That was…AWESOME. Usually when I edit, I find myself just skipping over passages because I’m bored. With a checklist, I can concentrate on a single element (such as repeating the same word in a paragraph…sheesh, someone stop me from writing “stopped”) and I can work on just that element in addition to the other elements I might find. I end up reviewing the work many more times and find much more than I have in the past. I did change a few things on the fly (for instance, I do Word’s spelling and grammar check twice, once when I start and once after I finish. It’s very gratifying to see those numbers improve) but those were just icing on the cake.
And here’s the biggest surprise of all: I liked doing it. I had a real sense that I was improving my work rather than just flailing at it trying to maybe make it better. Yay!
So, how’s your editing process? Need a little pick-me-up?
Thanks for reading!