I finally sucked it up and sat down to do some editing. Well, more like I’m sick and stuck in bed and bored out of my gourd so I might as well do something to feel accomplished today. Brushing my teeth just doesn’t cut it.
I decided to revisit my first novel. I finished the rough draft around three years ago. The poor thing has just been sitting around collecting dust, wondering why I don’t love it. It’s not true novel! I *DO* love you! You are my first child. I love your story and I love your characters. I’m just lazy and those other pesky ideas in my head were fighting to get out. I didn’t mean for you to feel abandoned and lonely. I promise to make it up to you!
I think I got a good start by editing the first chapter today. It’s been a while since I read the story so it’s nice to come back to it. I admit I am cringing at some of things I wrote, but that’s the point of editing right? To fix that stuff.
Here’s to hoping I can keep the momentum up.
So I’ve decided it’s about time I stopped working on the new and started editing the old so I can push forward and hopefully shop it around. The problem? I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START!
Do I take it page by page? Chapter by chapter? Do I make an outline? A timeline? A crime scene do not cross line? Do I plaster my walls with post its of varying color accompanied by a complicated key? I just don’t know. 200+ pages is overwhelming. Help!!
What works for you? Got any tricks of the trade? Any suggestions? Can you point me towards a website that could help? Want to tell me just to shut up and figure it out on my own?* Any and all words are encouraged and welcomed!
*Do this if you must, but please remember my fragile psyche
The list is short this month (work has kept me busy) but YAY MOCKINGJAY! I’m super sad it’s over though
Lament – Maggie Stiefvater (re-read)
Ballad – Maggie Stiefvater (re-read)
Shift – Rachel Vincent
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan (re-read)
Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
My Soul to Lose – Rachel Vincent
The Lost Hero (Chapter Sneak Peek) – Rick Riordan