While reading the book “Minding the Muse” by Priscilla Long, she talks about writers and letting go of their work. It seems like people fall into one of two camps – they let their work go too soon, or they hold on too long.
I plan on self-publishing my novel, and I want it to look as clean as possible. So, I’ve decided to hire a freelance editor to help me hit the bulls-eye on this story.
I am going through as many rounds of edits as I can endure before I send it to my editor so that she is getting something polished, versus wasting both our time and money cleaning up a mess I could have cleaned up on my own.
First thing, you don’t need to overwhelm yourself creating a map for your fictional universe if you don’t want to. But, your readers will likely thank you later if you do include one. It creates a better experience by letting readers be more involved and immersed in your work. Where would we be without a map of Middle Earth?
I created a crude map on a piece of notebook paper, but when I passed it off to a talented graphic designer, it became this (after a few edits because of my errors). This will be published along with my novel.
I spent a month poring over my manuscript to add and edit in July, but what I should have been doing is revising. I was focusing too much on the line-by-line edits of grammar and odd sentences. Instead, my time would have been better spent re-reading the manuscript and realizing what pieces were missing so I could prepare for what I’m doing now.
In the upcoming posts, I’m going to discuss the methods and steps I’m using in my process for editing my manuscript.
I’ve been so busy editing that I haven’t taken the time to write about editing. For those of you who don’t know, July is the second round of Camp NaNoWriMo for the year. I’ve decided to use this month to get through editing my first draft since you can set any kind of goal you’d like, whether it’s words, time, or pages.
After the thrill of National Novel Writing Month, you’re either exhausted and never want to write again, or you likely want to dive right into editing. I wanted to jump right in.
However, I took the advice to wait at least one month to start editing. Ideally, you’ll wait for no longer than six months to edit so that you aren’t becoming too distanced from your characters. Here I am, eight months later, and I’m finally sitting down to start editing.