I had planned to write 2500 words a day Thurs-Sun so I could finish NaNoWriMo at the weekly write-in. Well, that didn’t quite happen. The desire to relax and read won out, so I ended up writing 1800 words Friday, 4000 words yesterday, and thinking I wouldn’t be able to finish at the write-in. However, I dragged my butt out of bed early this morning and have pounded out about 2500 words. I only have 1538 to go now and will definitely finish at the write-in. I’ve never hit 50K surrounded by other Wrimos, so I’m excited about this!
The story is also almost complete as well. I think once I edit it will end up as a less-than-50,000 word novella…I admit I struggled at points during the month and wrote some unnecessarily long and uninteresting scenes. So I’ll finish the story today and probably let it sit till the end of the month, then begin editing.
I’m going to try a bit more formalized editing process this time, rather than round after round after round of willy-nilly edits until my eyes bleed as I’ve done in the past. Here’s what I’m going to try:
- Read through the entire novel without changing anything other than grammar/spelling, making notes on gaping plot holes or things that need to be added/changed.
- Go through and add the psychological elements that got left out of the rough draft and change anything else I made notes on in the initial read through. (QUESTION: Should I make this 2 steps?)
- Read the entire novel aloud and change wording as necessary.
At that point I’m not sure if I’ll do another round of edits, or send it to beta readers. At some point I’m also going to have to go through and add a lot of action tags to all the dialogue. Right now the novel has a major case of Talking Heads Syndrome. I will likely do that in its own round of edits, either before or after reading aloud.
- After sending to beta readers, incorporate any changes and read it through once more.
- Go through all the non-editorly steps to format and publish. (Yes, “editorly” is a word. I just made it up.)
QUESTION: For any writers reading this, would you recommend adding action tags before or after I read the novel aloud? Also, do you see any steps I might have missed that would be helpful in editing?
As I move more towards publishing and taking this writing career seriously, I want to make sure I have a solid, logical editing process, so I appreciate any input anyone has for me.