On Saturday I finally finished the first draft of my next novel. It needs a fair bit of work to whip it into shape, but from this point on I’m editing rather than first-drafting. I feel more than ready for this change of tempo – it uses different parts of your brain and I am kind of looking forward to it.
I say ‘kind of’, because that first read through is a terrifying prospect. What if it’s rubbish? What if the plot doesn’t hang together and the prose is dull and lifeless, and the characters are unlikeable and inconsistent?
When I am writing a first draft I try to keep forward momentum going at all times, and never go back to edit. If I write something which will require a tweak or addition in an earlier chapter I just write myself a note and keep going. Otherwise I know I would never reach the end. This method works for me but does mean there can be quite a lot to tackle in the first edit – the one I must do before I let anyone at all read it.
Anyway, just now I printed off the entire novel. I will read it through with a red pen in hand and scribble notes as I go. Then I’ll get going on the edits. Deadline is Christmas. Wish me luck!
Good luck, I bet it’s great. Can you reveal the title yet?
Thank you, but I’d better not! Not due for publication until April next year.
Luck of the very best kind then. But you don`t need it – you`re such a pulsation of dynamism you`ll soon have dealt with any tweaks and will be delivering another brilliant novel any minute! And fascinating to read how you go about your editing.
When I’m further into the process I’ll do a fuller blog post about the process. If it’s going well. If it’s not, I’ll just keep quiet and sob in my cave…
Sue Blackburn said:
Good luck Kath. It’s quite hard to just write and never go back over anything isn’t it. I only have to edit short stories, quite daunting I’m sure to go through and edit a whole novel. But I’m quite sure all those fears you mentioned are completely groundless!
Is it another timeslip book? xx
Thanks Sue. Yes, another dual timeline. 1830s and current day. I do love writing them!
Sue Blackburn said:
Yay. Can’t wait xx
Captain Black said:
I’m currently at the editing stage. I’m likely to be there a while, as it’s a four volume epic. I’m finding it hard going. You’re probably more experienced at editing, but I find RedPen to be a useful resource.
The idea of editing 4 volumes at once fills me with horror! I’m kind of looking forward to getting going on mine but I know from experience I’ll be sick of the sight of the novel by the end.
Good luck with yours, too.
I can not wait I loved all your books up to now well done your worked so hard on this x