I’ve been talking about my upcoming book, The Storm and the Darkness, for awhile. It’s the second book in my series, and I wrote the first draft as part of NaNoWriMo in 2011. After some epic levels of procrastination, I finally completed the major rewrites and edits in March, and now I’m settling in for the final round of edits before it gets sent to my beta readers.
For anyone fascinated with the individual writer’s editing process, here is what my “final edit stage” will look like.
3 Phased Approach:
- Complete Re-read that includes some body/copy edits as I go along, but the biggest task is refreshing the story in my mind, and adding to my story detail/continuity notes for Phase 2.
- MIND BLOWING EDIT PHASE. That’s my mind being blown, not yours. This is where I take my pages of continuity and story building notes and make all necessary fixes and pray to Xenu that I haven’t overlooked anything. I’m going to become unpleasant during this phase. If bitches get in my way during this phase, bitches are going to get told.
- Final Clean-up where I do one last read and sweep to check for any remaining copy errors or story problems before calling it a day and sending it off to the betas to rip apart.
The goal is to have all three phases completed by the end of May, but I’m aiming for sooner because I’m a masochist and that’s how I roll.