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