Gosh I’ve been so busy over the last few weeks with writing Blooders, but I’ve had a week off to relax my mind and I’m ready to get stuck into editing Djinn. I’m actually looking forward to editing, not sure how long it will last. My next post will probably be me bitching about how much I hate editing my novel, but for now I’m happy.
I’ve been planning out how best to go about editing my novel. I fell like it’s going to be a lot more work than usual because it was a NaNoWriMo novel and it was about quantity over quality. There will be a lot to change and add before I even get started. So I’ve broken it down into steps that I want to take to getting Djinn from where it is now to something that I can give to Beta readers.
1. Check story for overall plot. Making sure that I’m happy with the flow of the novel from start to finish. This will be broken down in to 2 parts
a) Make sure the chapters are the way I want them set out. Maybe try moving chapters around and see what happens.
b) Look at individual chapters to make sure the events in each are set out the way I want them.
2. Go through and proofread, fixing grammar, spelling, consistency, etc. (Keep a notebook for consistency, ie. names, places, descriptions. This is so you can make sure you haven’t changed a character’s name or hair colour half way through the story, as well as the way you use words)
3. Use Text-to-speech function on Word and have the computer read my novel back to me, making changes as I go along. (I know this is going to be annoying and tedious as hell but hearing someone else read your novel helps you pick up more mistakes than reading it yourself will, as we tend to read what we think should be there instead of what is really there.) .
4. Give to others to read with a description of what I want them to look for such as spelling, grammar, character development, overall story. It all depends on how I feel about the story after I’ve done the first round of editing.
5. Go back and make changes depending on what these people have to say.
6. Read through again, looking for more mistakes.
Repeat until novel is perfect!
So that’s the plan. Do you have any suggestions about my plan? How do you go about editing?
I’d love to hear all about it. Editing is one of the those things that you can never have enough information on.