Can you believe it?? I never thought I would get here.
But somehow… it doesn’t feel as rewarding as I thought it would. I guess that’s because of all the work ahead…
Last week I wrote through the climax of Sky High and now I am done. Well, almost. I still need to write the dénouement. Since finishing the climax, I’ve been trying to find the motivation to continue, but all I could think of were the many, many things that I have to change. So I decided to call it quits here. I’ll write the dénouement when I’m done with the big structural changes.
So what now?
The things that come to my mind right now, when I think about the story, are all the issues and flaws. There are so many things that I want to revise. Most importantly: I clocked in at 64007 words. That’s 11000 words short of my (somewhat arbitrary) goal of 75000. It’s very short for a science-fiction novel, even if you consider it YA. And knowing myself… I fear that I rushed through the story and that I need to expand on some of the topics and scenes. If not all 🙂
Where do I start?
Brandon Sanderson has a video about revising a book on Write About Dragons, and I intend to follow his process. I find this scheme immensely helpful, because it breaks down the myriads of tasks into a very simple process to follow:
- 1.0 Straight through beginning to end, taking notes as he goes on changes of direction that will need to be fixed in…
- 2.0 Continuity edit, done immediately afterwards
- [Brief gap]
- 3.0 Polish for tighter language, cut about 15%
- Send out to alpha readers (writing group, editor, agent, wife)
- [6-month gap, during which time he takes notes on things to change]
- 4.0 Incorporate alphas’ feedback and his own reflections
- 5.0 Second polish
- [Send to betas, fans etc. – not the same people as alphas – plus editor]
- 6.0 Last fixes
- 7.0, 8.0: copy edit and proofreads (polishes)
I have v1.0 right now, but I will probably add in a v1.5 (expanding the story) before doing v2.0. This is the first time I will be editing a full book. It’s a daunting task, but I really look forward to it!
Do you have any tips on editing? Let me hear about it in the comments or via email!