I am currently editing/revising my WIP, Dead in the Water. I ditched the prologue, I had hoped to salvage it and make it the first chapter, but it wasn’t possible. I do think the book is stronger without it.
Editing– (according to Wiki.) is the act of preparing material (all kinds) to convey information.
Now, that’s vague.
Revising– (according to the free dictionary) is preparing an edited text.
Lovely. I know there are different forms of editing. I’m not going through that, but if you are interested here’s some good info:
Knite writes has been writing a series on how editing will drive you insane. I have fallen into several of these. Grab a cuppa and read through her blog, it’s a hoot.
A Writer’s Life for Me has a blog post on how to survive the meatgrinder at Smashwords. That’s more about formatting than actual editing, but I thought I would add that as well.
I’ve edited about 2/3 of my WIP. Some days it’s quick and easy, others it’s like growing tulips in the South. It just ain’t happening. I don’t know how other writer’s do it, but for me it can look like this:
pages 1-12: delete and add info in other places
pages 13-15: a few typos and grammar errors
page 16: too much description, get rid of 3 paragraphs, tighten to make it less passive (show don’t tell)
page 17-21: no changes
pages 22-25: change dialogue of this character, he’s bland and sounds like someone else. Make a note to check his voice throughout the book
page: 25-29: no changes
chapter 12- POV just changed to someone new, rewrite entire chapter!
Drink coffee, eat cake, and pass out.
Obviously, this scenario is an exaggeration, but not by much. I don’t enjoy editing as much as planning and writing. After a while, I tend to over think grammar and question every use of punctuation. At the same time, it’s interesting to see your manuscript change and evolve into a better piece of writing.
How do you edit?