So my first novel, Loki’s Lover, is written. All 98,000 words of it. (Here’s an excerpt)
Of course, as the saying goes, you don’t write a novel. You re-write a novel.
And I’ve done some massive revisions. I threw out the first 150 pages and re-wrote them from scratch, adding scenes, developing characters, that kind of thing. Then I realized the first section really dragged, so I went back and cut most of that out.
Kill your darlings, right? (Sorry, fictional character Mark…)
When I’m feeling good about my work – which is about ten minutes out of every week – I think the revisions went pretty well, and I’m ready for the next stage: EDITING!
Of course, this is my first novel, so most of the time I feel like this:
Luckily, I’m also an adjunct English instructor, which means I’ve got hundreds of hours of underpaid experience GRADING PAPERS!
So here’s my plan: I printed out my novel (all 394 pages of it) in standard manuscript format: double spaced, Times New Roman font, just like an editor would see.
Now I’m going to read through the manuscript, red pen in hand, and try very hard to catch all my typos, my passive voice, the times when my characters’ names shifted.
And I’ll let you all know how it goes!
Oh, one more thing…
I’m about to travel to spend Easter with my family. I’m going to bring the manuscript with me… but it’s a paranormal romance with explicit sex scenes. So this is what I wrote on the file folder:
Now I know none of my family members will look at it!
I’d love to hear about your editing and revising strategies in the comments below.