Move this, fix this, cut this, what on earth was I thinking, need more here, doesn't work here! ...
I spent my weekend working on short stories for various publications or contests just for the heck of it and for the sheer fact that I feel that I'm honing my writing skills. One of those short stories is for a writing contest on WritersCafe.org where the prize is nothing more than bragging rights. But, my daughter liked it so much she's requested I turn it into a novel. I may move into that area in the future. As for now I'm working on the top line of this post.
Today marks the beginning of the editing process on Midnight Raynne. I've been thinking about what needs to be fixed, what needs to be cut, what needs to be expanded upon, and what needs to be changed all together. This novel is different from my first novel in many ways. But, most importantly I have been better able to step back from it and see what needs to be changed. My first novel, Stone Magic, I didn't want to change too much. I doubt that story will ever see a publisher. You never know, though.
So, for Midnight Raynne I created a lovely spreadsheet where I can look scene by scene at it and decide what's wrong. Unfortunately, today I was not focused enough to get started first thing on the editing process. I will sit down during nap time and mess with this spreadsheet.
Recently I discussed plots, I am going to review Midnight Raynne for plot first. My thinking is why go line by line and make sure all the little errors are fixed before I fix the big ones. I might cut out an entire scene that I spent an afternoon line editing. So, for that reason I am using my trusty Save the Cat and Story helpers this week.
I hope to have the plot polished in the next couple of weeks. I'm not sure how long this will actually take as I have never really gone this far into the editing process. As I said before when I edited my first novel I didn't want to change enough of it to really make it good. Maybe down the road I will, but for now I'm focused on Midnight Raynne and making it reader ready.
What is the first thing you focus on when you start editing? I'm curious as to what the most important component is to other writers.