EDITING MY NOVEL
At last, I have finally taken my novel from Scrivener on my Netbook and transferred it to a word document on my laptop. I then backed it up onto a USB stick and all I need to do now is edit the whole thing!
The picture left is where I wrote most of my book. My lovely Oak (think it’s Oak anyway) dressing table. We do have a spare room set up with a large desk, chair, shelving, table top computer and printer which sounds perfect. Unfortunately, although I’m not the tidiest person in the world, I cannot seem to write surrounded by a mess and as I share this room with my other half, there is far too much stuff in there for me to be able to concentrate. Is it just me?
Anyway, I digress, so I am now starting to edit my first draft and wasn’t sure where to start. I imagine editing is as personal a thing as your book itself. We all have different ways of working; so here’s how I have decided to go about it.
1. Print off a hard copy – I used economical fast printing
– and read through whole thing to check for any discrepancies in the storyline.
– check grammar and sentence structure.
2. Amend computer text in line with edited hard copy.
3. Get final draft proofread by someone.
I realise that it would probably be more efficient to do the first edit on the computer, but I love to sit in a cafe with my red pen and edit to my heart’s content.
I am sure there are some things I have missed, so do let me know how you deal with the editing process. All suggestions welcome.