The dreaded edit process, its one reason I could never finish a writing project. It’s always the least amount of fun when it comes to writing. However, in the last few months I’ve been editing a lot more and learning how to make it easier.
I just finished editing my novel and this time scenes were cut or added. When I say cut it was extra words, run on sentences or dialogue that just wasn’t necessary and didn’t move the story along.
Editing was something I used to dread but it gets easier each time. I feel like the next step is to find some beta readers to give me their input and criticism. It’s hard to put my work out there since I’m very shy but I need to learn to get over that.
Here’s a rundown on what I’ve learned so far.
- Give your draft time to cool off (at least a week, more if you can) look at it with fresh eyes
- Read it aloud, especially the dialogue. Pretend you’re the characters speaking
- Give yourself enough time to edit thoroughly; a chapter a day works for me. I work full time so this works best without being rushed. It also leaves me time to write for fun and work on other projects
- If you can, don’t do it when tired or your brain is fried. If you can edit when you first wake up kudos.
I’d like to start sending out query letters, but there is more to learn first. I still want to improve my manuscript and learn more about the industry in general.
Anyone else dread the edit process? What works well for you?