I’m here to ask for help.
Editing. I need help with editing.
Here’s the thing. I’ve never edited a full-length novel before. I’ve edited papers for school, poems, short works, etc…but never something as daunting as a novel that’s more than 100K words. I have no idea what to do.
When I was working on the first draft of Music’s Curse, I was so excited to finish it so I could move onto editing. I thought it sounded like fun, despite the fact that the majority of writers I follow were constantly complaining about it.
But now I understand. I haven’t even started editing yet, and I’m already overwhelmed. Every time I open up the document that contains my 123K words novel, I don’t even know where to being.
Since I’ve worked on this novel over the past three or four years, my writing quality has changed, my plot has changed, even my characters have changed. It’s a big, gigantic mess.
So I’m asking for help. What are some tips you can give me for editing? For now, I would like to do just enough editing to make the story comprehensible so I could pass it on to some friends to read. I’m not so much worried about details like cutting out superfluous words, or making sure all the grammar is correct, or including super thorough descriptions. I want to do a more general edit before focusing on the details.
I especially need to do some world-building with my editing. When I first started MC, I just kind of jumped into the story without figuring out any background information. So any help with how you go about world-building would be amazing as well.
That’s all I’ve got for today. Basically, this is just me begging for any tips and tricks with editing because I am so hopelessly lost and confused.
Until next time,