So, I’ve been absent for a while. Not sure if many people noticed, but I went into one of my: don’t want to talk to anyone modes. And yes, Skyrim definitely helped with that 😉 and we don’t need to mention the plague of headaches/migraines lol. Yes, I’m seeing my Dr.
Still, I digress.
In mid October one of my alpha readers uttered very wise words: Just because you wrote the books in four months, doesn’t mean you need to revise them as fast.
Sadly, I didn’t listen to her. If she’s reading – Jami, you’re a legend and you’re right. P.S. you owe me chapters.
See my revision is done on a paper copy. For some reason I seem to work much better with highlighters, colored tabs and red pen. After leaving my book for at least 2- 4 months I started on my first pass of edits/revision.
In my first pass, I covered the following:
- deleted superfluous lines/scenes
- rewrote awkward areas
- added sensory details
- inserted backstory in small amounts where needed
- deleted and condensed info dumps
- expanded dialogue
- foreshadowed elements I remember from books 2 & 3
- gave characters more emotion in sections where they felt flat
- reinforced motivations
For ages I was stuck at 45% through the transfer from paper to digital. I didn’t do any editing for just over 2 weeks, because (and let’s be honest here) I was burned out.
Yesterday I restarted revisions. I just dug my heals in and typed. Now I’m 63% through and feeling good about the changes. I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of the week so I can put it aside until sometime in January for the second pass.
While I leave it for a month or so, I’m going to do a first paper edit pass on both books 2 and 3 to make sure the first book isn’t missing anything huge that it needs to foreshadow. But I think I’ll leave those at the paper pass for now. It’s the transfer to digital that kills me. This way I can make sure TDP 1 is consistent and polished, without killing myself in the process 😀
And in February? Well, in February I’m hoping to sit down and write a story that’s been brewing in my mind for about 3 weeks now 😀
How does your revision process work? Do you take a step back and leave the book for a few months and then attack it with gusto? Do you concentrate on one thing at a time and do multiple passes? Do you paper edit or work with digital? (I still can’t get myself to do my own edits digitally… Paper mmmmmmm yum). Do you have any tricks to deal with burn out?
Anyhu, now I’m out of my funk, I hope to be back regularly again. Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!