… Well at least when you’re working on a draft, it is.  Now the book is off to beta readers.  It’s all an iteration.

This is how editing works for me.

  • Bang out a rough draft.  I mean BANG it.  It’s rough, it’s wild, it sometimes contradicts itself and is a bit of a wild child, but it’s still your child and you love it.  My rough drafts are usually mechanical, very action focused without much emotional depth or scenes.
  • Let it sit, think about it.  During this period, I jot down ideas to change, to fix, to deepen.
  • Time to edit!  I go through four to six versions of each novel.  Each pass I focus on more specific things, like adding emotion, expanding world building, then I go for passes for plot consistency and flow, pacing, any holes that are obvious.  And then a final pass for typos.  All these passes take me some time.
  • Then off to beta readers.  I have various ones who will help with plot, or writing voice, or typos.  A variety of skills in my editing peeps is always valuable.
  • Then back to more polish, fixing the things my betas brought up and I agree with.  Sometimes it’s big stuff, sometimes it’s not.  It’s important to know what to change and what you feel is done correctly.  Trust your gut… but as I say that, I also think that if three or more betas agree with a thing, then I should probably change it.

What is your editing process?  How many drafts or passes do you make?  Do you use any computer tools to help with the editing?  I use word spelling/grammar checker, then Grammarly, then I pay another set of eyes to review the entire thing.  I always miss typos, but I do catch many.

Happy writing!  And for fans of my stuff, look for a new book this year!

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