Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Completed First Draft - Editing Tips

Yesterday was a really big day for me. I finished the first draft of the novel I have been working on for the best part of a year. To be honest, the end of it came as a bit of a surprise. I thought there would be one last chapter, but I realized I could achieve the same results with a handful of sentences. Now the hard part -- the revision process. I have to admit, I am really nervous about this bit. The first draft is supposed to be rubbish. That's why it's called a first draft and not a final draft. But I feel more pressure with the second draft for everything to be perfect.

I have been on a self-imposed hiatus from social media so that I could complete this novel, and it has definitely paid off. Now I'm finding myself scrolling through Twitter for advice columns on how to revise your story. The first advice I found was by @CSLakin here: where she breaks down the essentials for the opening scene of your book. This will definitely help me when I begin my re-write. Other advice I found online that I thought I would share in case you could use them too are:

A practical, step-by-step side for what you actually need to do when editing your novel:

What to take out/leave in:

Five key questions to ask as you write your novel:

The importance of peer review:

Tips on finding and destroying those words you use waaaaay too often:

25 Things to Know About Writing The First Chapter of Your Novel: 

I would love to hear any other advice that you have up your sleeves. I'll add anything else I find to the list as I go along.