Round One: DONE!
That's right. This last week I got my bum in gear and finished round one of LJ's edit. Then I sat back, took a deep breath, and dove into Round Two. No breaks for me.
I have had some questions on how I am going about editing this thing. Like I have told some of you, every author approaches editing their MS in a different way. My own editing style is still evolving and changing with every book. Still, I thought it would be fun to let you know about the rounds I have done so far, in this crazy thing I call book editing.
I let my MS sit for at least a month. I have tried to not think about it (too much) and have eaten lots and lots of chocolate. This round then consists of reading through the entire story. I don't edit (unless I see something that just bugs me so much that I cannot handle it.) Instead, I take notes of each chapter. I write down what happens, thoughts to remember, moments to change. Everything gets written down, with good old pen and paper.
Round Two: The Tear-Down
I start this round with something I love doing. Remember those notes I took? Well, I gather my index cards, and chapter by chapter I write out the scenes that take place. Then I clear a space on my wall, and cover it with my book. Being able to see my book spread out before me is amazing. I can see the flow of the chapters, the balance (or unbalance), and it helps me as I progress further into editing. Not to mention it is just so dang pretty.
After that, I eat more chocolate and force my bum in the chair. This is the long round. In this round, I go chapter by chapter and tear it apart. I rewrite sections, add and subtract, bang my head on the desk and eat more chocolate. This is where I really start to create the story. And no doubt this may take the longest out of all the rounds.
That is where I am at right now.
My notes are scribbled. My wall is covered. And LJ is waiting to be hacked away at. I am excited. And nervous. And already exhausted. But it is happening! My goal is to be finished with this round by the end of February. Sooner maybe, if I can keep my bum in gear.
And once I get it done, I will get to tell you about one of my favorite rounds. Round Three. Oh man.
|See? Isn't it just too pretty?|
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