Editing a novel. How shall I describe it?

Editing is like polishing silver, except with a blindfold, and the blindfold is on fire, and you are banging your head against a wall trying to put the flames out while still polishing the silver.

 

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pretty much how it is

But it’s all worth it. I promise. (I really, really, really promise the editing is worth it).

But how – how do you not lose your mind while editing?? I got a few tips…they may be helpful…

*grins and shrugs*

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Write clear and concise notes.

This probably depends on your editing process…but if you’re like me, you take a lot of notes. A LOT.

As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am notorious for leaving undecipherable notes that make no sense to me or anyone else that Elrond himself would not be able to decipher. Or, I write notes for the same scene twice and they both say different things.

Like that battle I had planned out in great detail?

Well, I have TWO versions. That wasted half an hour.

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Go over your notes.

This is especially important if you have a large cast of characters or a lot of world building or just a gigantic plot that weighs about three hundred tons.

It’s easy (at least for me) to forget small things. Details about places, side characters, subplots, etc.

So I write things down. But there’s a problem with that. I write them down, and never ever, ever, ever, ever look at them again.

This has caused many problems and I do not advise ignoring your notes if you want your life to remain organized and your novel not to come out as a jumbling heap of words. 

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Take a break

If you write EVERY FLIPPING DAY (like me-self), you’re going to burn out. When you hate your story and your eyes start bleeding are good signs to stop.

Sit back. Relax. Go to the beach.

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Do what you need to do (thank you that was very specific).

Unlike first drafting, with editing you have to actually…think things through???? It’s a lot easier to pound out 1,000 words when you don’t give a hoot what they are.

But when you have to sit back and think…”how should this scene go?” *strokes beard as things get more difficult*

Give yourself time to think. Give yourself time to ponder. Brainstorm, make a pinterest board, go for a walk and accidentally join a bunch of dwarves and go kill a dragon.

Then write a book about it.

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I hope this was helpful. I hope this will make your editing journey less painful. So.yeah. *sits back, sips coffee, and continues staring out window*

SEE YA NEXT WEEK. 

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4 thoughts on “How to not lose your mind while editing

  1. I keep notes as I write — mostly character names/descriptions, place names, and chapter summaries. It helps when I’m trying to remember in chapter 13 what I called that place in a previous chapter. It’s easier than going back a re-reading.

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